Discourse functions of the particle еще in newspaper articles

Abstract: 

The article deals with the functional stylistic aspect of the discourse marker “ещё”, based on newspaper discourse: political, economic and cultural articles from national (“Komsomol'skaia pravda”, “Rossiiaiskaia gazeta”, “Argumenty i fakty”) and local newspapers of the Perm Krai (“Argumenty nedeli”, “Iskra”, “Parmanovosti”). We show the realization of semantic and pragmatic properties of particles in newspaper articles exemplified by one of the most frequent discourse markers. We have established, that this discourse marker participates in the semantic formalization of amplification, addition, reduction, refinement, assignment, and is used in the designative function. The article underlines that the discourse marker “ещё” appears in different complex usages (“ещё и”, “ещё не”, “ещё и не”, “ещё как”, “вот ещё”, “ещё раз”, etc.). Complex usages with the discourse marker “ещё” enable journalists to emphasize their statements, thus, giving the content of the text different additional shades, in particular, the assessment of relationships between authorial concepts, emotions and feelings, that is, the content of the minimal context. In general, we state that the semantic and functional features of the discourse marker “ещё” are extended. Our research makes it possible to get an overall idea of the particle “ещё” functions in the modern Russian language.

Key words: 

particle “ещё”, semantics, functions of particles, discourse markers, newspaper discourse.

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