Colour Addictive Units with Secondary Semantics in the Ukrainian and English Languages

  • Olesya TOPCHYI Izmail State University of Humanities
Keywords: colour, semantics, cultural elements, reality


Thorough study of the vocabulary of colour nominative notations and their correlation with the colour world occupies one of the leading positions in various fields of science. Astronomy, biology, zoology, physics, psychology have to do with the colour features of objects or phenomena. In terms of psychology, colour perception is one of the specific reactions of the eye and brain. But even though the problem of colour names is well-researched, there are still many aspects that deserve linguists’ attention.

One such aspect is the foundation and functioning of derivatives with secondary colour semantics. According to the research, the variability of colour terms directly depends on the level of civilization of speaker, because, in addition to lexical-morphological means, the names of colours can be primarily formed from the nominations of the corresponding objects of real reality. All researchers completely analyse only base colour names, and colour addictive units with secondary colour semantics are not considered separately and substantively in linguistics. This article concerns the least studied, in our opinion, addictive units in Ukrainian and English - derivatives of additives with secondary colour values.