Любовь и запахи: репрезентация ольфакторности в романтическом дискурсе
The article is devoted to the semantics and semiotics of the smell in the context of romantic relations between men and women. The methods and means of linguistic representation of female and male olfactoryness are considered, the specificity of using separate lexical units for the transfer of odor sensations experienced by lovers is determined.
The analysis shows that the main thematic area of the description of smell in romantic discourse is the designation of the physiological effect on the partner. To verbalize this effect, metaphors that differently represent sex smells are used: the smell of women acts as an attacking aggressor, and the smell of a man is perceived as an enslaver, paralyzing the will of a woman.
An important means of describing odors in romantic discourse is the so-called synesthesia or emotional synaesthesia, which represents the smell as a life-supporting food, like a thirst quenching drink or a veil wrapping a loved one with an invisible cloud.
A special range for assessing the smell of a loved one is represented by stereotyped comparisons with flowers and fruits, traditionally presented as sources of pleasant aroma.
In conclusion, the authors present an olfactory cognitive model that links all the described linguistic facts into a single logically connected scenario..