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О концептуальных основаниях семантики английских прилагательных, обозначающих ментальные характеристики человека

The paper focuses on the ways an abstract quality – mental characteristics of human beings – is conceptualized in English. The ways of conceptualization are revealed through the etymological analysis of words and presented diachronically starting from Old English. In particular, it is shown that mental qualities are interpreted through the following metaphorical concepts: LIGHT, DARKNESS, MOTION, CONTAINER, ACQUISITION and some other ones. All the revealed metaphorical concepts belong to the field of archetypical human concepts.