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BLACKMAIL: SPEECH ACT VS SPEECH GENRE

This article is devoted to the analysis of the speech genre of «blackmail» in the interpersonal everyday communication. We specify the concept of «blackmail» in relation to the everyday communication in comparison with the related concept used in the legal discourse. The paper defines blackmail as a kind of manipulative psycho-emotional impact intended to obtain the benefits by means of threatening to harm the recipient. The article focuses on the differentiation of the terms «speech act» and «speech genre» and analyses different kinds of threats typical of the speech genre of «blackmail». The study is based on the examples from literature, films, Russian National Corpus.

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