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Developing the Instructions for the Controlled Association Experiment by Means of Semantic Features for the Stimulus “Flirting Person”
Gordienko-Mytrofanova I. V.1, Hohol D. M.1, Nesterenko M. A.1
1 H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Ukraine



Background: This article continues a series of studies devoted to ludic competence/playfulness and one of its components is flirting. The aim of the study: in the context of parametric concept of meaning, to identify on the basis of applied psycholinguistic research the semantic components of the stimulus “flirting person”, which are actualized in the speech acts of Russian-speaking inhabitants of Ukraine. Material and Methods: The main method of the research is a psycholinguistic experiment whose major stage is the controlled association experiment with the stimulus “flirting person”. The sample comprised 215 young people (aged 21-35), of which 112 females and 103 males. Results: At the final stage of formulation of the instructions 23 semantic features were selected for the stimulus “flirting person”. The results of the controlled association experiment with the stimulus “flirting person” allowed to build 23 associative fields and obtain the material for describing the behaviour pattern of ludic position Diplomat (flirting person) reflecting the reality of linguistic consciousness of young Russian-speaking inhabitants of Ukraine. Conclusions: Cluster analysis of the associative field of the semantic feature “What is the person’s marital status?” allowed to define: three core clusters – “Free” (71.16%), “In a relationship” (14.42%), “Any” (3.72%); three peripheral clusters – “Qualities” (3.26%), “Emotional State” (3.26)%, “Role in family relations” (1.40%); extreme peripheral clusters – “Changeable” (0.93%); an isolated female reaction “Guy” suggests an ambiguous interpretation and allows to highlight different meanings – “Gender” and “Age”.


ludic competence, playfulness, ludic position, flirting person, psycholinguistic experiment, controlled association experiment, youth


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Information about the authors:

Gordienko-Mytrofanova Iya Vladimirovna; Doctor of Psychological Sciences, Professor, Department of Psychology, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Hohol Denis Mykhailovich (Corresponding Author) –; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Master of Arts in Psychology, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Nesterenko Margarita Alekseevna; Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, H. S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University, Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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Gordienko-Mytrofanova, I. V., Hohol, D. M., & Nesterenko, M. A. (2021). Developing the instructions for the controlled association experiment by means of semantic features for the stimulus “flirting person”. International Journal of Science Annals, 4(1), 22–32.


Gordienko-Mytrofanova, I. V., Hohol, D. M., & Nesterenko, M. A., 2021. "Developing the instructions for the controlled association experiment by means of semantic features for the stimulus “flirting person”". International Journal of Science Annals, [online] 4(1), pp. 22–32. viewed 30 June 2021,


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