Semantic-Pragmatic Potential of the Axiological Power of the English Adjective: The Psychology of Perception in the Process of Learning English as a Foreign Language

Keywords: adjective, axiology, the category of appraisal, English, language learning.


The study clarifies the semantic and pragmatic potential of the axiological power of the English adjective: the psychology of its perception in the process of learning English as a foreign language. The purpose of this scientific research is to demonstrate the axiological load and special semantic and pragmatic nature of the English adjective for the developing of understanding of the feasibility of using adjective forms in communicative activities of the students. As a result of the study, we come to the conclusion that the English adjective forms a qualitative layer of reality, which is considered to be the "fourth spatial dimension of the world", given the trends of globalization. The adjective has a kind of verbalization, pragmatic value and participates in the formation and development of linguistic consciousness, which is manifested in the conceptualization of axiology, represents a set of evaluative, qualitative, cultural and ideological characteristics that are reflected in the special interaction of different means of linguistic expression.


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Kovtun, O. (2020). Semantic-Pragmatic Potential of the Axiological Power of the English Adjective: The Psychology of Perception in the Process of Learning English as a Foreign Language. Psycholinguistics in a Modern World, 15, 122-127.