Universal and Culture-Specific Aspects in Interpretation of Concept of Emptiness by Bulgarians

  • S.Y. Petkova-Kaleva
Keywords: concept, conceptualisation, language picture of the world, concept of “Emptiness”

Abstract

The paper deals with the linguistic interpretation of the concept of emptiness in Bulgarian language. It discusses universal and culture-specific aspects in the linguistic interpretation of the concept of emptiness. A universal feature of the concept is its interpretation as a link between the meta-concepts of existence and non-existence. This interpretation is compared to the Western way of conceptualising emptiness, which emphasises absence, deficiency, and deprivation, in contrast to the Eastern model, which sees emptiness as a basis for existence, and worships the abundance of the invisible world. The analysis focuses on the cognitive and linguistic differentiation between the notions of pusto and prazno in Bulgarian, both meaning empty, though in a different way: whereas the first word is associated with the outer world and its two-dimensional open space, the latter is related to the inner world, and the phenomenology of three-dimensional space.

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Published
2018-05-14
How to Cite
Petkova-Kaleva, S. (2018, May 14). Universal and Culture-Specific Aspects in Interpretation of Concept of Emptiness by Bulgarians. Scientific Journal of National Pedagogical Dragomanov University. Series 9. Current Trends in Language Development, (16), 177-184. Retrieved from https://sjnpu.com.ua/index.php/journal/article/view/124