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Atribut in contemporary Czech theoretical and scientific texts

Author(s): Martin Schacherl
Subject(s): Czech Literature
Published by: Uniwersytet Opolski
Keywords: style; linguistic; the theoretical and scientific discourse atribut; humanities and social sciences

Summary/Abstract: One of the devices to enliven the stylisation of professional expression is the attributive adjective, which as a stylistically active means contains functional elements intentionally debilitating to the basic features of scientific style, namely an explicit endeavour to subjectivise the authorial assessment, or possibly to make the stylisation of professional discourse more distinct. The frequency analyses of the contemporary corpus of scientific communication written in Czech has evidenced an abundant occurrence of the attributive adjective, mainly in the humanities and social sciences. There the attributive adjective is a means of subjectivised authorial assessment, fulfilling the intention of indirect or even metaphorical appellation, most frequently through confrontation of two components from different communicational spheres, or conveying vagueness, inaccuracy and relative values, itself being loaded with expressive marker. The fixedness of some profusely used collocations reduces the notionality of expression and, namely in monographs produced in humanities and social sciences where its occurrence is high, it may become a stereotype of cliché-ridden and trendy expression. Clichéd communication is typified by using hackneyed meaningless words, with the authorial scientific diction being permeated by clichés, hackneyed and empty phrases, and vogue expressions from various communicational spheres.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: XXVI
  • Page Range: 193-205
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Czech