Philosophy of Red Color: Lingual and Extralingual Aspects


  • Iryna HUMENIUK State Agrarian and Engineering University in Podilya, Ukraine



psycholinguistics, perception, color name, lingual, extra lingual, idiom, phraseological unit


This article analyses various lingual and extra lingual researches on a red color, comparing the symbolic meanings of color, which used to be and still are specific for different cultural communities. The objective of the article is to identify peculiarities in the interpretation of red color in the subjective world of sensation and the objective world of fact and to provide the full study of this color perception and categorization based on phraseology.

Color lexis (including English phraseology) is a multidimensional phenomenon. It accumulates in itself the significant experience of society and the numerous stages of world knowledge by man. Having arisen at a certain stage of the development of the language system, color names at a conceptual level demonstrate a vivid example of a change in the process of cognition of the world by a person, confirms the thesis about the need for multi interval thinking, which allows one to observe any object from different cognitive positions.

The main conclusion of the article is that the study of the relations between lingual and extra lingual meanings of color in the semantics of idioms is the most important task of anthropocentric phraseology because in language are fixed and phraseologized precisely those figurative expressions that are associated with cultural and national standards, stereotypes, mythologisms for a certain community mentality, which serves as its spiritual equipment, psychological tool.


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Author Biography

Iryna HUMENIUK, State Agrarian and Engineering University in Podilya, Ukraine

(PhD in Philology) is the head of the Foreign Languages Department of State Agrarian and Engineering University in Podilya, Ukraine. The areas of interest include psycholinguistics, linguistic, and extra-linguistic studies, the symbolism of colour terms in the cross-cultural aspect. Humeniuk is the author of more than 20 scientific articles. Recent publications: “Structural and Grammatical Features of Idioms with Color Names in English”, “Phraseological Picture of the World in the Novels of Charlotte Bingham”, “Lexical and Semantic Features of Color Symbols in Cosmetic Catalogs”.


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How to Cite

HUMENIUK, I. (2020). Philosophy of Red Color: Lingual and Extralingual Aspects. WISDOM, 15(2), 188–198.