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О цветовых обозначениях чувств и эмоций в русском языковом сознании

Бочкарев А. Е.

The article is devoted to color designation of feelings and emotions in Russian. According to the National Corpus the palette of emotional states used by native speakers is limited to few basic colors and hues, including white, red, pink, green, blue, black and gray. In the Russian lan-guage conscience, different feelings can be painted with the same color, variations of the same emotional state by different hues and colors. So, white is a favorite color for fright, fear, horror and shame; red for resentment, anger and pleasure; pink for pleasure, confusion and happiness; white for shame, resentment, anger and rage; black for resentment, anger and rabies; blue for of-fense, horror and fun; green for fright, anger and happiness; gray for fright and dread. The choice of color terms is determined by an inner conviction that this emotional state is right in such par-ticular color, that the best sample to illustrate this colour is such particular object as lemon, or saffron for yellow; cancer, poppy, or peony for red; chalk, paper, or canvas for white.