Professional Discourse & Communication

Advanced search

Semantic diffuseness in Art History terminology

Full Text:


The aim of the research is to determine the degree of influence of semantic diffuseness on the strength of the Art History terminology system. This paper examines topical issues of Art History. At the moment, the development of diffuseness of Art History terms can lead to the erosion of the Art History terminology system’s borders and even to the loss of the scholarly style of the language of the entire discipline. In this study, the following linguistic methods are used: semantic analysis, definitional analysis, contextual analysis, as well as elements of semasiological and cognitive analysis. The article reveals the specificity of semantic diffuseness, the reasons for diffuseness; violation of the consequences of the development of diffuseness in the terminology and terminological system of Art History. Scientific novelty of the paper lies in identifying ways to strengthen and structure the terminology system of Art History, taking into account the development of diffuseness in the Art History terminology. As a result, the difference between diffuse Art History terms and diffuse terms related to the terminological systems of other scientific disciplines was revealed, the difference between diffuse Art History terms and lexical units of general literary language was established, and linguistic criteria that allow diffuse terms to function in the Art History terminology system without the threat of blurring the boundaries of the Art History terminology system were highlighted.

About the Author

P. E. Gapienko
Pushkin Leningrad State University
Russian Federation

Polina E. Gapienko



1. Anisimova, A.G. (2011). Metodologija otbora terminov pri obuchenii jazyku dlja special’nyh celej [Methodology for the selection of terms in teaching language for special purposes]. Izvestija VUZov. Povolzhskij region. Gumanitarnye nauki [News of higher education establishments. Volga region. Humanitarian sciences], 2. Retrieved from (accessed: 11 October, 2020) (in Russian).

2. Averbukh, K.Ja. (2006). Obshhaja teorija termina [General theory of the term]. Moscow: MGOU (in Russian).

3. Bol’shoj jenciklopedicheskij slovar’ [Unabridged encyclopedic dictionary]. Retrieved from (accessed: 11 Sebtember, 2020) (in Russian).

4. Brewer, J., & Magee, K. (1991). Inside the RUC: routine policing in a divided society. London: Oxford University Press.

5. Cambridge dictionary. Retrieved from (accessed: 20 Sebtember, 2020).

6. D’Amato, A. The limits of legal realism. (1978). Yale law journal, 87 (3). Northwestern public law research paper, 10-76. Retrieved from (accessed: 20 Sebtember, 2020).

7. Darracott, J. (1991). Art criticism: a user’s guide. London: Bellew Pub. Ltd.

8. Frings, M. (2002). The golden section in architectural theory. Nexus network journal, 4(1), 9-32.

9. Griffiths, M., & Whitford, M. (Eds.). (1988). Feminist perspectives in philosophy. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

10. Golovin, B.N., & Kobrin, R.Ju. (1987). Lingvisticheskie osnovy uchenija o terminah: uchebnoe posobie dlja filologicheskih special’nostej vuzov [Linguistic foundations of the doctrine of terms: a textbook for philological specialties of universities]. Moscow: Vysshaja shkola (in Russian).

11. Grinev-Grinevich, S.V. (2008). Terminovedenie: ucheb. posobie dlja stud. vyssh. ucheb. zavedenij [Terminology: manual for students of higher education establishments]. Moscow: Izdatel’skij centr “Akademija” (in Russian).

12. Khimik, V.V. (2011). Diffuznoe var’irovanie slov, znachenij i formantov v russkoj razgovorno-obihodnoj rechi [Diffuse variation of words, meanings and formants in Russian colloquial speech]. Vestnik Nizhegorodskogo universiteta im. N.I. Lobachevskogo [Bulletin of Nizhny Novgorod University named after N.I. Lobachevsky], 6, 717-720 (in Russian).

13. Leichik, V.M. (1979). O metodah i principah konstruirovanija terminosistem [On methods and principles of constructing terminological systems]. Semantika estestvennyh i iskusstvennyh jazykov v specializirovannyh sistemah [Semantics of natural and artificial languages in specialized systems]. Leningrad: LGU.

14. Leichik, V.M. (1980). Integracija nauk i unifikacija nauchno-tehnicheskih terminov [Integration of sciences and unification of scientific and technical terms]. Vestnik Akademii nauk SSSR [Bulletin of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR], 8, 40-41 (in Russian).

15. Leichik, V.M. (2009). Terminovedenie: predmet, metody, struktura [Terminology: subject, methods, structure]. Moscow: Knizhnyj dom “Librokom” (in Russian).

16. Leontyeva, A.V. (2014). Problemy semanticheskoj diffuznosti (na primere nauchnogo lingvisticheskogo teksta) [Problems of semantic diffuseness (on the example of a scientific linguistic text)]. Voprosy kognitivnoj lingvistiki [Cognitive linguistics issues], 3. Retrieved from (accessed: 30 Sebtember, 2020) (in Russian).

17. Liverpool daily post and echo. Retrieved from (accessed: 20 November, 2020).

18. Lotte, D.S. (1933). Ocherednye zadachi tehnicheskoj terminologii [The next tasks of technical terminology]. Izvestija Akademii Nauk SSSR [Bulletin of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR], Moscow: Nauka, 881-883 (in Russian).

19. Lyons, J. (1978). Vvedenie v teoreticheskuju lingvistiku [An introduction to theoretical linguistics]. Moscow: Progress.

20. Minyar-Belorucheva, A.P., & Ovchinnikova, N.A. (2011). K istorii vozniknovenija i razvitija iskusstvovedcheskih terminov [On the history of the emergence and development of art criticism terms]. Vestnik Juzhno-Ural’skogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta [Bulletin of the South Ural State University], 22, 58-62 (in Russian).

21. Nalimov, V.V. (1989). Spontannost’ soznanija: verojatnostnaja teorija smyslov i smyslovaja arihtektonika lichnosti [Spontaneity of consciousness: probabilistic theory of meanings and semantic arichtectonics of personality]. Moscow: Prometej (in Russian).

22. Northern echo. Retrieved from (accessed: 20 November, 2020).

23. Prokhorov, Ju.E. (2009). V poiskah koncepta [In search of a concept]. Moscow: Flinta: Nauka (in Russian).

24. Reformatsky, A.A. (1996). Vvedenie v jazykovedenie [Introduction to linguistics]. Moscow: Aspekt Press (in Russian).

25. Rozental, D.E., & Telenkova, M.A. (1976). Slovar’-spravochnik lingvisticheskih terminov [Dictionary of linguistic terms]. Moscow: Prosveshhenie (in Russian).

26. Tatarinov, V.A. (2006). Obshhee terminovedenie: jenciklopedicheskij slovar’. Rossijskoe terminologicheskoe obshhestvo “RossTerm”. Moscow: Moskovskij licej (in Russian).

27. The art newspaper. Retrieved from (accessed: 20 November, 2020).

28. The Oxford dictionary of art and artists. Retrieved from (accessed: 11 October, 2020).

29. The concise Oxford dictionary of art terms. Retrieved from (accessed: 11 October, 2020).

30. The concise Oxford dictionary of Mathematics. (accessed: 18 December, 2020).

31. The novel and short story. Realism and “metafiction”. Retrieved from (accessed: 20 November, 2020).

32. Turnbull, J. (Eds.). (2006). Oxford wordpower dictionary. Oxford University Press.

33. Two-dimensional Geometry and the golden section or fascinating flat facts about Phi. Retrieved from (accessed: 18 December, 2020).

34. Vlasova, L.V. (2014). Semanticheskaja diffuzija, semanticheskaja neopredelennost’: opredelenie ponjatij [Semantic diffusion, semantic uncertainty: definition of concepts]. Vestnik LGU im. A.S. Pushkina [Bulletin of Leningrad State University im. A.S. Pushkin], 2. Retrieved from (accessed: 04 October, 2020) (in Russian).

35. Zadeh, L.A. (1965). Fuzzy sets. Information and control, 35-45.


For citations:

Gapienko P.E. Semantic diffuseness in Art History terminology. Professional Discourse & Communication. 2020;2(4):43-62. (In Russ.)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

ISSN 2687-0126 (Online)