ISSN (Online) 2712-8407
DOI: 10.22405/2712-8407


Marina A. Dubova

Associate Professor, Doctor of Science (Philology), Professor of the Department of Russian Language and Literature at State Educational Institution of Higher Education of Moscow Region "State University of Humanities and Social Studies"

State University of Humanities and Social Studies

(Kolomna, Russia)

Abstract. Given the growing interest in philology in the study of the peculiarities of the functioning of the language within the framework of the anthropocentric paradigm which implies the study of the human mind, thinking and mental processes that are associated with them, the author considered it expedient to devote the article to the analysis of the lexical means of representing the narrator's mental activity in the work of L. N. Tolstoy "The Snowstorm". The key image of the narrator in the story is recreated mainly through verbal lexemes with the meaning of mental activity, as well as through dialogues with the main characters in which he takes an active part by including his remarks using speech verbs. The mental activity of the narrator is lexically heterogeneous and is represented mainly by verbs with the meaning of memory, knowledge and thinking. Thus, in the course of the analysis, the author of the article concludes that the representative structure of the concept of "mental activity" is implemented mainly by lexical and semantic means among which it is logical to include verbs with the meaning of intellectual and speech activity. The narrator's mental activity acts as a means of expressing his attitude to the world, as well as an important component of the characteristics of his linguistic personality. According to the author of the article, the linguistic analysis of the narrator's mental activity as a component of his linguistic personality makes it possible to reveal the complex of characteristics that make up his worldview and an assessment of the events taking place. Focusing on the functioning of conceptual lexemes which are significant components of the narrator's linguistic picture of the world the author draws conclusions about the individual originality of his mental activity based on the material of a specific story of the writer "The Snowstorm".
Keywords: L. N. Tolstoy, "The Snowstorm", concept "mental activity", representation, lexical means, speech verbs, attitude, linguistic personality.

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For citation:Dubova, MA 2020, ‘Mental activity of the narrator (based on the story of Leo Tolstoy "The Snowstorm")’, Tula Scientific Bulletin. History. Linguistics, issue 3 (3), pp. 60–67, URL: (in Russ.)


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