Philology, pedagogy, and psychology

2021 Issue №4

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Functional analysis of the linguistic reflection in Evgeny Vodolazkin’s “Justification of the Island”



One of the characteristic features of Yevgeny Vodolazkin’s idiostyle is the appeal to linguistic reflection as a way of explicating the conceptual and emotive-evaluative meanings of the work, de-automating its perception by the recipient, ensuring and updating the dialogue between the text and the reader. The purpose of this study is a multi-aspect description of the reflexives contained in Evgeny Vodolazkin’s novel “Justification of the Island”. The use of a complex research methodology that combines functional, interpretive and receptive types of analysis, allowed us to come to some conclusions. According to the main one, reflexive as a meta-statement about any element of a literary text (word, phrase, sentence, subtext) is a regulative, i.e a component of the text, guiding the process of the reader’s reception. In Vodolazkin’s novel “Justification of the Island” reflexives are regulators of a special kind, since they bring linguodidactic information into the text of the work, aimed at the formation of the reader’s linguistic and communicative competencies.