Textual modality from the point of view of discourse perspective

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


Vesntik TSU. Philology. 2014

Textual modality from the point of view of discourse perspective

About the authors:

Kira A. Andreeva,
Dr. Philol. Sci., Professor, English Language Department, Institute for Humanities, Tyumen State University

Tatiana O. Chervyakova,


The present paper investigates the category of modality of literary texts from the point of view of interdisciplinary approach uniting the results achieved in logic, traditional linguistics and contemporary approaches from the point of view of discourse analysis and categories of contemporary poetics. Modality is one of the most important characteristics of the utterance in logic and philosophy. It reflects the cognitive human activity and the expression of the objective world relations. As a functionalsemantic category, it contains a number of evaluation means which characterize the utterance’s attitude to reality (objective meaning) and means which characterize the speaker’s attitude to the utterance (subjective meaning). Modality as a multi aspect phenomenon covers different levels of language. There is often discourse in the center of the study. The study of discourse modality which includes such categories as voice, point of view seems to be actual.


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