Social-cultural markers in the speech of film characters in “Pretty Woman”


The article studies the linguistic side of a film script, in particular, the linguistic means of creating social-cultural aspects of a film character’s portrait. A feature film is regarded as a special kind of ‘creolized’ text where visual, acoustic, and verbal elements are combined to create an audiovisual artistic image. The article provides a detailed analysis of speech markers that point out to the social-economic status, occupation, and level of education of characters in the film “Pretty Woman”. The interdisciplinary study is based on the achievements and methodology of sociolinguistics, linguostylistics, and film studies.

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sociolinguistics, linguostylistics, film studies, social dialect, varieties of English.

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