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Title:
The human body in multimodal communication: the semiotic conceptualization of hair
Author:
Grigory Kreydlin: Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia Lidia Khesed: Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia
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Year:
2017
Conference:
Proceedings of the 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication (MMSYM 2016), Copenhagen, 29-30 September 2016
Issue:
141
Article no.:
016
Pages:
120-128
No. of pages:
9
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2017-09-21
ISBN:
978-91-7685-423-5
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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The article presents a fragment of the semiotic conceptualization of the somatic object “hair ” in the Russian language and nonverbal code. We describe the meaning of the standard Russian nomination of hair – volosy, identify and analyze key features of hair (such as its size, shape, colour, structure, functions and dysfunctions), the meaning of these features and their standard Russian nominations. A separate part of the article is devoted to the gestures performed with hair, namely caressing and aggressive gestures. By the comparative analysis of verbal and nonverbal Russian sign units we explore connections between characteristics of hair and the corresponding communicative behavior of the person. Special attention is paid to the features of hair which are either semantically or culturally marked as their meanings reflect either social or cultural stereotypes peculiar to Russians. Observation of some Russian set phrases and idioms with the word volosy reveals the problem of literary translation of the corresponding texts into foreign languages.

Keywords: Body, gestures, hair, Russian, semiotic conceptualization

Proceedings of the 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication (MMSYM 2016), Copenhagen, 29-30 September 2016

Author:
Grigory Kreydlin, Lidia Khesed
Title:
The human body in multimodal communication: the semiotic conceptualization of hair
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Proceedings of the 4th European and 7th Nordic Symposium on Multimodal Communication (MMSYM 2016), Copenhagen, 29-30 September 2016

Author:
Grigory Kreydlin, Lidia Khesed
Title:
The human body in multimodal communication: the semiotic conceptualization of hair
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