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Proshina Z.

Dear Readers!

        This new special issue brings the problems of cultural linguistic contacts to your attention. It is these contacts that have become the basis for solving problems and reaching mutual understanding in our rapidly changing reality. Therefore, research into the cultural and linguistic contacts is the burning issue of the day. This research is conducted from different points of view. Differentiating numerous issues in cultural studies, linguistics and philology is becoming more and more complicated. Interdisciplinary research and symbiosis of the humanities are becoming a more and more noticeable phenomenon which brings us to the understanding that traditional nomenclature consisting of numerous research fields is relative and possibly insufficient. Research on the periphery of different disciplines is immensely interesting and fruitful. Different research fields overlap and allow researchers to look at familiar phenomena from different angles and discover what they had not noticed before. Thus these phenomena are seen in the light of new approaches. This collection consists of pieces of research in different fields: semantics, pragmatics, conceptology, contact linguistics, communication studies, poetics, mythology and even methods of teaching. They are all united by the problem of the interaction of languages and cultures.

        The Russian Far East and Siberia have remarkable scholars doing research into cultural and language contacts, who approach studies of the interaction between languages and cultures from different positions: traditional linguistic (semantic and stylistic), systemic and functional, cognitive, historical and etymological, translating, interpreting, and literary approaches. Researchers study contacts among the Russian language and the languages of Western Europe, and among the Russian language, Asian languages, and the languages of the Northern peoples. This research field is partly presented in the present collection.

        The fact that this issue consists of the works by Russian and foreign researchers shows that this theme is of great importance and addressed globally.

        We hope that the materials we offer will find interested readers and inspire further research.

Zoya Proshina,
Doctor of Philology, Professor,
Managing Editor of the issue

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