Butakova L.O., Vyazigina S.Yu. Value Component of American Language Group Consciousness

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2017.2.10

Larisa O. Butakova

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor, Head of Department of Russian, Slavic and Classical Linguistics, Omsk State University named after F.M. Dostoevsky

Prosp. Mira, 55a, 644043 Omsk, Russian Federation

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http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3210-2311

Svetlana Yu. Vyazigina

Lecturer, Department of Foreign Language, Omsk State Technical University

Prosp. Mira, 11, 644050 Оmsk, Russian Federation

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http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1740-424X


Abstract. The article presents the results of a free associative experiment. The purpose of the experiment was to determine the categorical components of the value system of the American ethnic group at the present stage.   The associative fields obtained as a result of the experiment are analyzed by the authors using the method of lexical units semantic grouping within each field with the subsequent identification of the leading value categories of the value system. The results of these fields analysis allow to draw the following conclusions: the main value categories of the American ethnic group are (ranked in descending order of percentage): “Success”, “Positivism”, “Diligence”, “Patriotism”, “Individualism”, “Family”, “Religiousness”. Private property is a basic component of American life, and individualism is a central organizing principle of interpersonal relations. The traditional value orientations “Family” and “Religiousness” do not occupy priority positions today. Stimuli related to politics, are evaluated ambivalently: in their associative fields there are groups of both positive reactions and groups with a large and average number of negative reactions (stimuli Revolution (as a political event), Constitution). This experiment is a part of a major study devoted to the comparison of value systems of Russian and American language groups. 

Key words: association experiment, associative field, system of values, value orientation, ethno-cultural specificity.

Citation. Butakova L.O., Vyazigina S.Yu. Value Component of American Language Group Consciousness. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2, Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2017, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 99-108. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/
jvolsu2.2017.2.10

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