The article focuses on the correlation of semantic and conceptual
analysis having the same substantive as a target. The formulation of the problem
is evoked by the fact that in contemporary investigations the notion of lexical
meaning has practically been excluded. However, a so widely used term as “concept”,
its content and the methodology for researching it despite its ample definitions,
tends to be not so much inexplicable as not correlating with the notion of lexical
meaning. The present research attempts to relate two possible types of analysis
of nominative “hope”, using methods of denotative semantics and discourse analysis.
The author makes the conclusion that lexical meaning is the
basis upon which the conceptual content is developed. Conceptual content might
become a reflection object of another consciousness that analyzes the world
outlook of certain culture representatives. It is likely to name the third mental
level as metaconcept.
If semantic analysis determines the structure of lexical meaning
on the basis of sintagmatic and paradigmatic relations of lexeme, and conceptual
determines the value attitude of certain culture representatives to a situation
named by a word appearing through discourse analysis, then metaconceptual analysis
ceases to be linguistic. However, taking into account a comparison of conceptual
essences, it can establish an unexpected relation of notions which construct
the basis of culture representatives’ outlook: hope - fate.