Дыхание звука, или Акустическая алхимия: к вопросу о прагматических функциях речевого акта молчания

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The main aim of this article is to analyze those semantic, syntactic and structural elements as well as aesthetic means that are used by the authors when addressing the notion of silence in literary and poetic texts. The pragmatic meanings of silence are considered, including that of break of the stereotypical behavior, intentional opposition, feelings of respect, compassion, humility. A special focus is given to the notion of silence and quiteness and the way they are realized in a literary text with a particular focus on figure/ground segregation of sound/pause dichotomy. Accent on intonation patterns, attention to minor sound elements and iconic property of the language result in different sound transformations often realized as echo questions in the text which becomes the aesthetic means of the narrative construction. Attention to punctuation marks, intervals and pauses allows to explore general principles of constructing the notion of silence against the background of word and sound.

Translated title of the contributionBreath of sound, or acoustic alchemy: Pragmatic functions of the silencial speech act
Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)119-130
Number of pages12
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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