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К проблеме категоризации в теории прототипов: pro et conta

Бочкарев А. Е.

Similar to other varieties of cognitive semantics, the prototype’s theory also investigates how we understand the world around us. We can answer this question only by understanding how the categorization works does and how “series of similarities” are formed. In a standard version, the category affiliation is a function of prototypical properties the object shares with a model representative of its category. In an extended version, the category affiliation is defined by analogy with the family resemblance. Even if we assume that linguistic expressions relate to things through the mental representations, we have to admit that these expressions should be studied as linguistic expressions.