Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

The Nothing – a Multidisciplinary Approach

Academic journal article International Journal of Communication Research

The Nothing – a Multidisciplinary Approach

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1.1.In grammar, a morphological analysis of the nothing makes us enter the subclass of the negative pronoun. In the Romanian Language Grammar1 it is described as immutably inflexional, being able to be combined exclusively with a nominal of masculine gender and singular nominative-accusative (He is a nothing) of feminine, but in this case the pronoun doesn't adept its form: She is a nothing.In the popular and colloquial version, the concept can also be found with the form nothing (nimica), a phenomenon which also appears when it comes to another negative pronoun, nobody (nimenea). Also, in the process of language usage, it can be used with a noun value, which appears by definite articulation or by adding the plural desinence: the nothing; we also mention that the diminished form of nothing (nimicuţa),also has a noun value. The lexico-grammatical transposition capacity is best described in phrases, where the term has different morphologic belongings: adverbial2-for nothing / in vain / with nothing / in no way, not at all, nothing on the clock / in a crack, fast; noun - a piece of cake/ something which has no value, unimportant; adjectives - for nothing. The Explanatory Dictionary of the Romanian Languageexplains the nothing from an etymological point of view using an older form, nemică, originally composed from the old Latin form ne mica (ne mica quidem) or nec mica,that can be translated as absolutely nothing; it is also said that in very few situations the old language was preserved in the etymological sense of "not in the least:" they didn't start taking care of the weapons, but they started running (Gr. Ureche); there's no verdure left (Dosoftei). The connection with the primary Latin etymon can also explain the derivative capacity of this pronoun, in relationship to other pronouns from the pronominal system; therefore, Romanian language also includes the derivatives: to destroy (verb, with the meaning of to annihilate, to cross out), destructive (adjective, meaning destructive), nothingness (noun, meaning vanity, nullity). The connection with the primary Latin etymon can also explain the derivative capacity of this pronoun, in relationship to other pronouns from the pronominal system; therefore, the Romanian language also presents the derivatives: to destroy (verb, meaning to annihilate, to cross out), destructive (adjective, meaning destructive), nothingness (noun, meaning vanity, nullity). As one can notice, the negative connotation appears only in one of the meanings of the noun nothingness, whereas the others mainly express the idea of attitude, of destructive manifestation. For example, in the statement They had an argument over nothing, the term does no longer express the void, the lack, but, on the contrary, it clearly expresses the idea that it is something small, without value, which is not worth considering, but which has a clear objectification, suggestive for the fullness of nothingness - it is obvious that since there is anger, there is also a cause for it, even though it is a minor one. And because popular intelligence never lies, we tend to believe that the nothing is valued. Moreover, Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing draws attention to the harmless state of the nothing, its lack of aggression. Also, Socrate's statement I know that I don't know anything full of humility, hides exactly the realization of the capacity of the human to get to know new realities. In other words, in many of the speaker's well-known contexts, the nothing has a full semantic content. For Saint Augustine3, the nothing was equal to the devil, due to its identification with the abyss, the depth, the area of non-evidence, the nadir, which in the popular beliefs belongs to the evil spirits (Brodie, 2009).

1.2.In the mind of the speakers of the Romanian language, nothing is used when they notice that they lack something or someone, its notional content can be described using the statement A defines non-A; this is why we believe that we cannot explain this term without connecting it to other non-pronominal and non-grammatical notions, which, at least, at the level of pragmalinguistics, express emptiness, void. …

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