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Natalya V. Shesterkina

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Natalya V. Shesterkina — DSc in Philology, Professor, Research Mordovia State University, Bol’chevistskaya St., 68, 430005 Saransk, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4905-4573
E-mail: nvshest@mail.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 66


pp. 188–199


August 21, 2022

Approved after reviewing

October 10, 2021

Date of publication

December 28, 2022



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The paper discusses the peculiarities of word usage in the folk riddles about the bushes of briar and the results of their linguocultural analysis. The collections of riddles by V. V. Mitrofanova (the main one), M. A. Rybnikova and D. Sadovnikov (additional) served as the source material. The study describes linguistic and mythological mechanisms in the riddles about briar and its ambivalence (negative and positive evaluation). The author pays great attention to the “costume code” of a tree with its costume metaphor and costume elements, highlighting the similarity of briar with a person. Deciphering of many attributes of the bush present difficulties for analysis, that is why the author often makes her own suppositions about different versions. The paper also includes the separate elements of fairytales and legends about briar. 


Russian Folk Riddles, Dog-rose, Linguocultural Analysis, Mythology, Costume Code, Costume Metaphor, Ambivalence.


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