|Title||Существуют ли лексические средства для описания „средней“ фигуры: сопоставительный экспериментальный анализ|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1993|
|Journal||Съпоставително езикознание / Сопоставительное языкознание / Contrastive linguistics|
n experimental study has been performed to confirm the idea that whenever a language needs to designate things in a row or express some value of a measurable property (e. g. size) it proves quite rich in synonyms at the ends of the spectrum while it is dramatically poor in the middle. Words denoting shapes of the human body in 10 languages are analyzed. The universal two-dimensional space of human figures (as people judge them) is defined along the scales THIN-FAT and PLEASANT-UNPLEASANT. Experimental data clearly support the assumption. There are quite a few words in each language for the figures at the ends of the scales and there is not a single word to designate a figure with mid-scale values.