Varlamov A.A., Inyashkin S.G., Gorbacheva A.V., Semirechenko A.N., Osadchiy M.A., Rusetskaya M.N. Lexicon and Scenarios of Touch Perception: Towards Developing a Research Thesaurus

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2019.1.4

Anton A. Varlamov

Candidate of Sciences (Biology), Head of the Scientific Center for Neural Communication Studies, Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Akademika Volgina St., 6, 117485 Moscow, Russia

aavarlamov@pushkin.institute

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5387-7058

Stanislav G. Inyashkin

Candidate of Sciences (Philology), Associate Professor, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Philology for Academic Affairs, Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Akademika Volgina St., 6, 117485 Moscow, Russia

sginyashkin@pushkin.institute

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2293-1415

Aleksandra V. Gorbacheva

Chief Expert, Department of Scientific Activity, Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Akademika Volgina St., 6, 117485 Moscow, Russia

avgorbacheva@pushkin.institute

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8906-3870

Aleksey N. Semirechenko

Research Laboratory Assistant, Scientific Center for Neural Communication Studies, Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Akademika Volgina St., 6, 117485 Moscow, Russia

ansemirechenko@pushkin.institute

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3739-2592

Mikhail A. Osadchiy

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor of the Department of General and Russian Linguistics, Vice-rector for Science, Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Akademika Volgina St., 6, 117485 Moscow, Russia

maosadchiy@pushkin.institute

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7964-9029

Margarita N. Rusetskaya

Doctor of Sciences (Pedagogy), Professor, Rector, Pushkin State Russian Language Institute

Akademika Volgina St., 6, 117485 Moscow, Russia

inbox@pushkin.institute

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1387-8782


Abstract. The paper shows the important advance in sensory neuroscience achieved with a recent discovery of C-tactile system integrating mechanosensitive C fibers that innervate the hairy skin and representing the neurobiological substrate for the affective and rewarding properties of touch. It has drawn scientists' attention to social touch research and has increased the demand for developing psychometric instruments of touch perception assessment calling for developing an elaborated and cross-culturally validated touch lexicon. The paper focuses on creating a Russian touch lexicon and assessing the relevance of different sensory and emotional characteristics (a list of 270 adjectives and participles) to active ('I touch', 80 participants) and passive ('I am being touched', 75 participants) scenarios of touch perception by native speakers of the Russian language. A comparison to previously reported data for the sample of American English speakers has revealed a general similarity of Russian and English touch lexicons. Active touch perception scenario was characterized by the dominance of haptic characteristics (features relevant to sensory properties of objects), while in passive touch perception scenario a prominent increase was observed for the perceived relevance of touch recipient's sensory experience characteristics including words related to pain, tickle, chafing, and itch. The results suggest that the choice of particular words used in task descriptions and in semantic differential scales should be made relevant to the particular touch perception scenarios, rather than relying on a limited generic touch lexicon.

Key words: lexicographical description, lexicon, touch perception lexicon, emotional perception, sensory perception, haptics, semantic differential scales, assessment of subjective feelings.

Citation. Varlamov A.A., Inyashkin S.G., Gorbacheva A.V., Semirechenko A.N., Osadchiy M.A., Rusetskaya M.N. Lexicon and Scenarios of Touch Perception: Towards Developing a Research Thesaurus. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2, Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2019, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 47-61. (in Russian). DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2019.1.4

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