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Русский анекдот как метатекст
Russian Anecdote as Metatext

Author(s): Endre Lendvai
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Semantics, Eastern Slavic Languages, Philology
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: modern Russian joke; metatextual features; analysis of language; organization of discourse; manipulation of language devices; criticism of social discrepancies;

Summary/Abstract: The paper focuses on the metatextual features of modern Russian joke. For this purpose, we outline three functions of metatext: analysis, organization, and manipulation of language or text. Russian joke employs all these functions but it is very productive in manipulation of standard (conventional) linguistic, discursive devices for providing criticism and / or parody of the world and language itself. Its repository of metatextual devices is very rich and powerful, e.g. presenting non-conventional definitions, playing with motivation of word formation and connotative meaning, up to the violation of discursive devices like zeugma, chiasm, implication, presupposition, contamination of texts, etc.

  • Issue Year: 55/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 359-370
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Russian