О формах манифестации магической функции языка

Translated title of the contribution: On the forms of manifestation of the magical function of language

S. G. Proskurin, A. V. Proskurina

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The article explores linguistic phenomena as a form of manifestation of the magic function. Systemic classifications, taxonomies, and linear phenomena such as euphemization and performativity reflect the beliefs and socio-spiritual functions of societies. This set of linguistic forms and means is determined by the existing religious beliefs. The article studies the foundation of beliefs in the form of elementary "primary performatives". They cannot be denied from the standpoint of logic but can be presented as felicitous and infelicitous. The entire set of cultural representations is based on elementary performatives. Another example of the continuity of linguistic forms of religious beliefs is euphemization. Systemic classifications in the languages of Australian aborigines and the animate/inanimate gender in Indo-European languages appear as dependent entities on religious choice in the form of preferences arising in the totem ideas of peoples. A we reconstruct the areas of intersection of beliefs and linguistic forms. The linguistic form is in harmony with certain stages of development of society, as well as its social organisation. Thus, we define the isomorphism of the linguistic and social structures of the Australian aborigines. In Indo-European languages, taxonomies of gender go back to primary divisions into stems defined as active/animate and inactive/inanimate. The article shows that animate / inanimate is influenced by the stage of animism

Translated title of the contributionOn the forms of manifestation of the magical function of language
Original languageRussian
Article number4
Pages (from-to)68-82
Number of pages15
JournalSlovo.ru: Baltic Accent
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022



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