Comparative Analysis of Intensifying Word-Formation Units in Russian and German Languages as Part of the Field Approach

Document Type : Research Article


1 Kazan Federal University

2 Higher School of Foreign Languages and Translation Studies, Institute of international relations



This article is focused on the comparative analysis of the intensifying word-formation units in languages with different structures as part of the field approach. The field approach allows revealing divergences and similarities of the intensifying word-formation units in Russian and German languages as a part of the profound study of the functional and semantic nature of intensifying formants and the complex analysis of the pragmatic potential of the substantive derivatives formed with the help of intensifying word-formation units in original and translated texts. We developed the definition of an intensification field in Russian and German languages. These fields indicate quantitative and semantic divergences at the word-formation level of the category in Russian and German languages and allow referring the intensifying word-formation units to the nuclear and peripheral zones of intensification fields in Russian and German languages. We can also observe the units of a certain level of the target language, which correspond to the word-formation units of the source language when the equivalent formants in the target language do not exist.