Space as a Cultural and Semantic Universal and Its Representation in the Tale "Kilhwch and Olwen"

By Anastasia Andreevna Sharapkova and Tatiana Andreevna Komova.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies

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The notions of space and time being the prior categories of human thinking are addressed on and off from various perspectives (Gurevitch 1972; Kay 1979; Langacker 1991) including linguistics, psychology, and cultural studies. The interdisciplinary approach integrating various kinds of knowledge might be more fruitful. To cast light on the contemporary ways of space and time organization in the interdisciplinary view we have to turn to the archaic forms of thinking and their embodiment in folklore and fairy tales literature. Owing to this fact, the present paper is biased with the linguistic analysis of the mentioned categories in the English version of the Welsh tale “Kilhwch and Olwen”. Major types of space representation based on the division of the civilized and unfamiliar world, static and dynamic schemas as well as their connection to the plot development and main characters are outlined. One of the characters in question is a well-known King Arthur depicted as a war-leader and a powerful center of the familiar world. Time depending on space structuring is situationally grounded in the ongoing narration squeezed or extended. Our findings provide the outlook of the fundamental categories of human conceptual world interwoven with linguistic, cultural, and literary data.

Keywords: Cultural studies, Linguistic analysis, Space and Time, Conceptual Representation

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 8, Issue 2, October 2014, pp.21-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 5, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 464.769KB)).

Anastasia Andreevna Sharapkova

PhD Student, Department of English Language, Faculty of Philology, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russian Federation

Tatiana Andreevna Komova

Honored Professor, Doctor of Arts in Linguistics and Cultural Studies, Department of English Language, Faculty of Philology, Moscow Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russian Federation