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On the language category of modality

Modality as a communicative category: Some debatable aspects of research

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This article considers the theoretical problems of modality that do not have an unambiguous interpretation in modern research literature as a functional-semantic and communicative category. These are the issues of the legitimacy and adequacy of identifying subjective and objective modality, the specific features of interaction between objective and subjective modalities in the language and text in view of the communicative orientation, and the function and genre of the latter.

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Interrogative and imperative modality in a literary text (The case of satirical writings of the 19th/early 20th century)

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The satirical works of N. V. Gogol, A. Averchenko, and I. Ilf and Ye. Petrov help consider the specific functional features of the microfield of interrogatively imperative modality in a literary text. The author establishes the structure-content correlation of the question and imperative within the given microfield and identifies the most regular means of expression of its specific meanings.

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The modal potential of a newspaper text: The case of Moskovskiye vedomosty of the post-reform period of the second half of the 20th century

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This article considers the category of language modality as a means to implement the author’s intentions in a newspaper text. The modal meanings indicative of the author’s attitude to the message and the means of its expression are identified. The interaction between objective and subjective modal meanings is described for newspaper texts of the second half of the 19th century.

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The role of modal meaning explicators in the structure of newspaper headlines (on the basis of news items)

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Texts from modern Russian newspapers are used to demonstrate the specific features of explication of objective modality meaning through the forms of indicative mood of the present, past, and future tenses. The expression of situational modality is related to the use of modal verbs and predicatives in combination with a dependent infinitive and direct speech structure. The author examines the explicators of objective modality and specifying situational modality (possibility, necessity, and desirability).

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Language — Text — Discourse

Verbs of delimitative manner of action based on the data of the national corpus of the Russian language: The system and usage

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This article shows that the delimitative class of verbs can be expanded through involving new groups of motivating verbs. This process becomes more active in the conditions where the impact of usage is more pronounced. The author establishes that delimitatives acquire special functional-stylistic yield in modern written language and act as a “code word” indicative of socially marked narration.

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Colour naming as a means to present the concept of ‘life’ in N. Gogol’s epic poem Dead Souls

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This articles analyses lexemes with the colour meaning of ‘white’, ‘green’, and ‘yellow’ as representatives of meanings related to the concept of LIFE — beauty, hope, faith. The author stresses the connection between these lexemes with the “living” images opposed to the lifeless world of Dead Souls.

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The functional features of metadiscription of beliefs in a literary text: The case of I. S. Turgenev’s works

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This article considers the topical linguistic problem of metalinguistic potential of a natural language and identifies the cases of its specific functional tensions (the description of nonverbal signals designed within the ideal spacetime of a literary text). The chosen methodological approaches to the problem are new, however, they are based on the concepts developed by specialists in the field of applied psychology and semiotics, on the one hand, and prominent Russian linguists, on the other.

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The cyclical nature of time in B. Zaitsev’s short story St Nicholas Street: The means of linguistic and image representation

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This article examines the concept of time in B. Zaitesev’s short story “St Nicholas Street” and the means of its linguistic and image representation. The author considers the correlation of cyclic, biographical, and historical time and the category of the eternal, as well as the means of linear time cyclisation and comes to a conclusion about the meaning and text forming role of the cyclic time model.

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The metaphor as a means of colour and light perception in M. Voloshin’s idiostyle

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The poetic texts of M. Voloshin help consider the metaphorical use of mineralogical lexis as a means of light and colour perception. The author identifies the features of semantic and aesthetic realization of these lexemes and stresses their representative function within the structure of poetic images.

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The poetics of Nikoli Kononov’s prose

Adrian the Undertaker (the subtexts and pretexts of Nikolai Kononov’s novel The Flaneur)

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This article examines the multilanguage anagrammatic code of N. Kononov’s novel Flaneur. The authors offer an interpretation of the epigraph to the novel and identify a number of antiquity reminiscence in the text. The article focuses on the parallels between A.S. Pushkin’s short story “The Undertaker” and the novel Flaneur.

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The problem of poets’ “testimony” (Z/K or vivisection. The book of proceedings by M. Zolotonosov and M. Kononov)

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This article focuses on the problem field of the genre-unique book of the literary critic Mikhail Zolotonosov and the poet Nikolai Kononov Z/K or Vivisection. The book proceedings. The author analyses the issues of possibility/ impossibility of a constructive dialogue between a critic and a poet, the cognoscibility/incognoscibility of poetry, the interpretation and understanding of poetic texts, etc.

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Guitar poetry in the context of culture

The woman as seen by a man in modern Russian chanson

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This article reconstructs the image of a woman as presented in Russian modern chanson. The author identifies two female images – the mother and the lover. The image of the mother has hardly changed over the last seventy years. The image of the lover has inversed: earlier, she played with the man, now she is his plaything. Female images are analysed from the perspective of C. G. Jung’s analytical psychology.

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Rock culture and Dyonisianism

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Modern literary studies in rock culture, having accumulated minimum of empirical material necessary for its generalization and conceptualization, are faced with the problem of both selecting and developing the basic categories and systematizing approaches to studying rock culture. One of the most efficient and popular approaches is the mythopoetic approach. It serves as a framework for the search for the common ground between the mythological intentions of different rock authors. The article interprets the Dionysian as such ground – a mythological complex and aesthetic category bordering on the category of the sublime.

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The “rough style” of Vladimir Vysotsky: Problem statement

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V. Vysotsky’s poetry is typologically close to the principles of the “rough style” Soviet painting of the 1960s. The author outlines the promising areas of comparative analysis and addresses the issue of typological similarities between different texts within the field of a common cultural and historical situation of the Khrushchev era.

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On the poetics of literary genres

The example of humility: The life of St Nicholas the Bishop compiled by Symeon the Metaphrast

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The image of St Nicholas in the translated Byzantine biography is analysed in order to identify the type of humble behaviour. The author examines the plot-based means of describing the character of the saint and comes to a conclusion about an equal combination of meekness and audacity in his humble behaviour, which is explained by the personal qualities of the saint and his feat.

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Freedom as an axiological category in G. G. Byron’s mystery Cain

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This article considers Byron’s work based on the well-known Biblical story, which was radically transformed by the poet. An analysis of one of the key categories of Romanticism – central to Byron’s oeuvre – helps show that the fictional conflict of the drama manifested in the images of Adam’s sons is based on the antithesis between the true and false freedom, whereas the general literary structure of the mystery is used to direct the reader to the conclusion that it is impossible for a human being to stay beyond good and evil.

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Anna Dostoyevskaya: letters to her husband

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This article analyse the letters of A. G. Dostoyevskaya to F. M. Dostoyevsky written in the 1870s. The analysis covers both earlier published text and the manuscript heritage of the Dostoevsky family. The author focuses on the stylistic features of A. G. Dostoyevskaya’s letters and the thematic trends of correspondence and emphasises the role of epistolary experience in the development of the style of A. G. Dostoyevskaya’s memoirs.

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The symbols of the temporary and timeless in B. Pasternak’s poem Sparrow Hills

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This article deals with the 'time' concept in Boris Pasternak's poem “Sparrow Hills” and its English translation by Eugene M. Kayden. The focus is placed on implicitness as a basic feature of the semantic structure of a poetic text. The poem's main image – Pentecost (“Whitsun”) – proves to be a manifestation of eternity in the realm of time. In the English translation, this broad temporal context is lost.

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The mythical thinking of B. Pasternak in the cycle Romanovka

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This article considers the features of the manifestation of B. Pasternak’s mythologism in his early cycle “Romanovka” (included in the book My Sister, Life). The author emphasises the Christian nature of the poet’s interpretation of the war and revolution period of 1917. Special attention is paid to the means of the implementation of the author’s idea of the Fall, punishment, and atonement in Russia at that historical moment. The article stresses the role of Biblical allusions in the literary structure of the cycle.

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The form and meaning of H. Hesse’s novel A child’s soul

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The fictional world of the work is considered as one marked by binary oppositions of nature/civilisation, the world of children/adults, the ideal/the reality, the truth/a lie, fear/bravery, judgement/absolution, God/devil. The authors analyse the psychology of the novel’s main character. The central autobiographical image of the novel is interpreted in the context of religious and philosophical ideas about the duality of human nature and is connected to the features of adolescent psychology and age-related alienation and rebelliousness.

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Brothers “in the fifth season of the year, the sixth sense and the fourth dimension”: the space of heaven in the poetical world of M. Tsvetaeva

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The space of heaven in the poetic world of M. Tsvetaeva is considered as a hierarchically and semantically complex space structure. The author identifies the specific features of the heaven spacium levels and describes the three main tiers of heaven, namely, the entry to heaven, the mountain space of the “divine youths, and the top of the mountain. The article justifies the reasons behind the rapid movement of the poet towards the space of ‘other’ being. The author addresses the issue of the poet’s godlikeness.

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The memoirs of Maria Danilewicz-Zielińska as evidence of the era

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This article identifies the role of the writer Maria Danilewicz-Zielińska in the Polish exile literature of the 20th century. The author focuses on the biography of the writer, her artistic path, and literature connections. The article analyses the reflection of the cultural context of the Kujawy region of the early 20th century in the works of Maria Danilewicz-Zielińska. Special attention is paid to the autobiographical book Fado o moim życiu, which is considered evidence of the era.

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The semiotics of a ship and its modelling features in the novels of William Golding, Julian Barnes, and Gregory Norminton

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This article studies the semiotics of the ship as an image of the world in cases of the novels To the End of the Earth by William Golding, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters by J. Barnes, and The Ship of Fools by Gr. Norminton. The ship is considered a new version of the Biblical Noah’s Ark – a miniature society. The authors believe that the avantext integrates the new “generative model” creating at the same time new forms of fictional conditionality and types of literary generalisation.

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The transformation of the development novel (Entwicklungsroman) genre in the oeuvre of G. Meyrink

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This article addresses the problem of the character’s personality development in the novels of G. Meyrink in the context of the modernist reconsideration of the Entwicklungsroman tradition. In view of the concepts of “subjective” novel, as well as the literary feature of Meyrink’s prose, the character is considered as a subject in the course of development, whereas the author’s variant of the Entwicklungsroman is interpreted as an initiation novel.

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Mirrors and reflections in O. Grushin’s hovel The Dream Life of Sukhanov

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This article analyse the motif-image of the mirror and its functions in the novel of the American writer O. Grushin. The author identifies the plot structuring role of the reflection as a method of creating the psychological portrait of the character and the reflection phenomena as a means of the personality’s self-identification and a marker of its disintegration.

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Metatheatre under the sign of Chekhov (based on plays by V. Levanov, O. Bogayev, A. Mardan)

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Since Lionel Abel (1963), metatheatrical plays are understood as a piece of drama, whose object is the play itself. The author considers the reasons behind the frequent references to the personality and works of A. P. Chekhov found in modern metatheatrical drama and analyses the changes to the standard “author-actor-audience” theatrical communication brought about by metatheatrical elements.

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The spatial model of conceptual metaphor in A. Ilichevky’s collection of short stories An Asinine Jaw

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This article considers the structure of the conceptual metaphor of death in A.V. Ilichevsky’s collection of short stories An Asinine Jaw. The existential spatial model of the mentioned metaphor and the specific character of its cognitive-semantic organization are revealed. The author identifies the specific features of the metaphorical reconsideration of Russian reality and the ways of the character’s existence in the world. In A.V. Ilichevsky’s short story collection, the conceptual metaphor of death is identified on the basis of the common conceptual metaphor semantics of “vision/no-vision” and “dream”.

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