О способах и средствах выражения страха в русской языковой картине мира
This article explores the ways of displaying fear in the Russian language image of the world. According to the National Corpus of the Russian language, in its most usual manifestation, fear covers and paralyzes; this distressing emotion is caused by somebody, apprehension to lose something or somebody as well as by exposure to an imminent danger, evil, or similar feeling, whether real or imaginary. In the metaphoric mapping fear is defined in relation to the elements of other conceptual areas, including power, fluid, fire, etc., which determine the choice of compatible, “cognate” predicates. By analogy with a hostile force, fear covers, subordinates and subjugates; by analogy with a beast, it moves and nibbles; by analogy with fire, it burns and incinerates. Such use becomes so common that speakers do not pay attention to metaphorical expressions any more almost taking them for the objective characteristic of fear.