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The polysemantic words in metaphors used in political texts 655


Utkina L.N.
Senior lecturer, Chair of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

Danielian R.G.
4th year student of the faculty of the Foreign Languages, MSUPE, Moscow, Russia

The article deals with polysemantic words that are often found in complex metaphorical structures, which can be seen in speeches of modern politicians (B. Obama, D. Trump, D. Cameron, Queen Elizabeth II, etc.). The usage of metaphorical polysemy in political discourse and its reasons are considered and explained. The main goal of the article consists in the examination of the polysemantic structures phenomenon, the diversity of their meanings and their usage in modern English as parts of the metaphoric phrases.

Keywords: polysemy, associative links, metaphoric transfer of the meaning, metonymic transfer of the meaning, complex metaphoric structures, political discourse.

Column: Intercultural Communication and Problems of Globalization: Psycho-, Socio- and Ethnolinguistics


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