THE CONCEPTOF LINGUOCULTUREME IN THE CONTEXT OF INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION SUMMARY
The article deals with the concept of the basic unit of linguoculturalstudiesling – uocultureme, which accumulates in itself both the linguistic representations and closely connected with them extra-language cultural environment. The peculiarities of linguocultureme as the main source of knowledge of the spiritual culture of the ethnos and a better understanding of its social structure in the process of intercultural communication are revealed. The works of domestic and foreign linguists working in the fi eld of linguocultural studies have been analyzed; differences in their views on the identifi cation and defi nition of the main linguocultural unit are shown. Culture has mental and symbolic levels. The basic unit of the mental level is the concept, and as a consequence, the entire culture is understood as a set of concepts and relations between them. The basis of the symbolic level of linguocultural studies is identifi ed as linguocultureme, a unit that combines
linguistic and non-linguistic content. The theoretical comprehension of this concept, a deep understanding of the information that carries linguocultureme in itself, creates favourable conditions for successful intercultural communication.