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Tatiana T. Cherkashina

Natalia S. Novikova

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Tatyana T. Cherkashina — DSc in Pedagogy, Associate Professor, A. N. Kosygin Russian State University (Technologies. Design. Art), Sadovnicheskaya emb, 33, p. 1, 117997 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3364-1413. Email: ttch2004@yandex.ru

Natalia S. Novikova — PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, Miklukho-Maklaya St., 6, 117198 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2397-1814. E-mail: information@rudn.ru


Theory and history of culture




Vol. 59


pp. 109–125


July 07, 2020

Date of publication

March 28, 2021



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The article considers repetition as a stylistic category focusing on the flexible use of repetitions by N. Roerich. The authors note that, arising as repetitions of the semes when using words from the same semantic field in the text, the repetitions form the core and peripheral parts, which casts doubt on the established hypothesis that they naturally complicate understanding of the text due to slowing down the movement of narrative. The study proves that, on the contrary, repetitions due to increased expressiveness and rhythmic tension make the text dynamic, somewhat impulsive, convexly expressing “counterpoint” style of the writer. The authors analyzed a number of works by N. Roerich, which allowed to conclude that repetitions, representing a conscious lexico-stylistic choice of a writer, become not only author’s means of transmitting informational content of a text, but also emotionally expressive, semantic clips of language and culture due to the aesthetic effect they produce. The paper displays various types of repetitions used by N. Roerich in genres of different styles and stylistically versatile. Paying attention to speech figures recognized by traditional rhetoric, in which repetitions are positionally fixed, we detected in N. Roerich`s works the other, not always positionally fixed repetitions — repetitions of words, repetitions of themes and repetitions of the semes. In this regard, the researchers attempt to explain the linguoculturological idea, philosophical reason for the occurrence of repetitions of this and that in the text in N. Roerich's works. The paper points out that special energy of the text that arises during repetition, bilateral tension-pressure of repeated text elements generates special attention to their semantic roll-over and, what is important, to the distant, semantic interdiscursive interaction of the “sacred” signs-symbols of N. Roerich. The fact of the increment of meaning due to the use of words from one thematic-situational group in the text refutes the controversy of Roerich's concept and confirms originality of the expression plan. The “sacred” signs of N. Roerich as semantic bonds are determined by a deep philosophical meaning due to the methods of contrast and numerous repetitions.


semantic clips, contextual connection of keywords, repetition of sem, increment of meaning, “sacred” signs-symbols.


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