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Speech Genres

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Mukhina Y. N. Sensory peculiarities of genres. Speech Genres, 2022, no. 3(17), pp. 168-175. DOI: 10.18500/2311-0740-2022-17-3-35-168-175

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Sensory peculiarities of genres

Mukhina Yulia Nikolaevna, Saratov State University

The article presents the interim results of the observation over sensory features of certain fiction and non-fiction genres (poem, academic article, lecture, oral conference presentation, guide book). The study of sensory features of the above-mentioned genres contributes, on the one hand, to the solution of a number of problems within sensory linguistics, such as the description of language resources, functions and genre-forming features of sensory vocabulary and its role in the comprehension of reality. On the other hand, the article complements the description of traditional genre-forming features. The analysis of sensory aspects of genres is carried out in two directions. The first direction implies collecting and systematisation of a particular language resources through reference to samples of fiction genres (e. g. poem and guide book), while the second one takes into account genre specificity, the sensory framing of which is linked with the categories of emotionalism, suggestion and evaluation (as exemplified by the samples of non-fiction genres of academic discourse, guide book and, partially, poem). In different types of discourse sensory cognition is realised in different ways. Lexically it takes the form of single words and phrases which semantically appeal to the sensory experience as well as the form of a sensory (perceptual) metaphor based on physical cognition and interfering with the emotional, cognitive and intellectual spheres. The range of modes of perception varies from a rich collection characteristic of fiction genres and appears to be in keeping with the traditional five-member model to modes corresponding to visual, hearing, tactile and body perceptions in non-fiction genres. The latter make it possible to trace links between inferential and sensory modes of perception.


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