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By A. P. Cowie

Over the past 20 years, phrasing has develop into an immense box of natural and utilized study in Western eu and North American linguistics. This booklet is made of authoritative contributions from major experts who learn the more and more an important position performed via ready-made word-combinations in language acquisition and grownup language use. This publication is the 1st accomplished and up to date account of the topic to be released in English.

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Plump', and sdobnaya, lit. 'shortening', baba. The woman is literally an object of consumption for males (an item of food). At the same time, female sexuality is defined in other restricted collocations in an utterly repressive way. Devich'ya/zhenskaya gordost', lit. 'maidenly/female pride', and devichiy/zhenskiy stuid/grekh, lit. 'maidenly/female shame/sin', imply a very severe moral standard for women to conform to in sexual -63- relations. ; • representing a phraseologism as a cultural sign expressing speakers' collective mentality.

Here, cultural connotation derives from the metaphorical interpretation of political reforms as constructing or seafaring. In a similar way, cultural connotations invoked by cultural semes can also be found in idioms, as, for example, lezt na rozhon, lit. e. to provoke a dangerous situation; or zavarivat kashu, lit. e. to stir up trouble. ) Consider also mamaevo poboishche, lit. e. a bloody fight between many people -- an allusion to a medieval battle between Russians and Tartars. 2. Cultural connotations can also arise from cultural concepts.

8 CONCLUSION This chapter provides a formulation of a problem rather than its solution. It is a matter of theoretical as well as practical interest to find out to what extent and in what ways cultural information manifests itself in language, especially in lexical collocations, and how this information can be identified, isolated, and lexicographically presented. As we have seen, the cultural component of meaning as represented in phraseology is not homogeneous. Special lexicographic techniques are therefore needed for its representation.

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