"Is he one of ours?": The cultural semantics and ethnopragmatics of social categories in Russian

Anna Gladkova

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The study illuminates the meanings of selected Russian social category terms svoj 'one's own', čužoj 'alien/stranger/foreigner', naš 'ours' and ne naš 'not ours' using written and spoken data of the Russian National Corpus. The paper contributes to understanding of Russian relationships and social cognition and establishes connections between the meanings of these terms and selected Russian communicative styles. The Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) is used to formulate semantic explications of the terms and cultural scripts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-194
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural scripts
  • Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM)
  • Russian
  • Russian culture
  • Social categories
  • Social cognition

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