Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Social Science, Humanities and Education
The Value and the Representation of the Concept – “Dream” in the Lexical-Semantic System and Discourse of English Language
The article is dedicated to the study of the value meaning of the concept “dream” in English linguistic thought. The study is carried out within the frames of the prominent anthropocentric paradigm of modern linguistics. Dream as a complex and multifaceted reality of the human inner world is one of the existentially significant aspects of the functioning of the human psyche.
The axiological attitude towards the world is of a purely anthropocentric nature. It is in this space that man creates values and it is in this space that values are internalized. Universality is a certain result of the language anthropocentrism and orientation by language towards man and universe. The linguistic sign of the “dream” value is a conventional means of understanding existing knowledge about the inner world of man. The dream, as a powerful and effective tool of self-realization, is the basis of personal development idea in the Western world. In the language system, the linguistic sign “dream” is understood as one of the core value elements of the English linguo-cultural tradition.
Thus, positioning as a value in the English language consciousness, the “dream” is characterized by sharply expressed ambivalence of evaluation which means the following: A dream as an action of an individual or a society, is evaluated both positively and negatively.
Keywords: Dream; Lexical-Semantic System, Linguistic Thought, Linguo-Cultural Analysis.