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The study of the Scottish identity through the key concepts in folklore

M. Sargsyan, A. Madoyan
80,00 Р


Sargsyan Mariana,

Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of

British Literature and Linguocultures

Yerevan State University, Armenia



Madoyan Arpine,

Assistant Professor, Researcher of the Laboratory of

British Literature and Linguocultures

Yerevan State University, Armenia



Within the frames of the cognitive approach, it is essential that the study of a text be combined with the consideration of the huge role of the social and cultural aspects of the language concerned. This kind of approach is justified especially regarding folklore texts, as the latter provide extensive material to trace the key cultural values of a nation. The concepts realized in folklore texts represent condensed information on the individual traits of a nation, its past, present and the vision for the future. In this context, the present article aims to study some of the key culture-bound concepts in Scottish folk and fairy tales and analyze the concepts in terms of their representation in the text. Through the analysis of the frequently occurring images and the study of their traits and characteristics and people’s attitudes, we derive those cultural values that are significant for Scottish culture. Some of the key concepts are highlighted with the emphasis on the evaluation component in their structure. The study of this component brings to certain conclusions regarding the dominant values implicit in Scottish culture.

Keywords: concept, cultural and national identity, Scottish folklore.




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