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Title: Skarga jako gatunek mowy
Authors: Wyrwas, Katarzyna
Keywords: Język polski; Stylistyka; Semantyka; Językoznawstwo
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Katowice : Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Abstract: The present study belongs to the research on the theory of lext, and it concentrates on the whole structure of a liguistic message. The aim of the study is to present a description of complaint seen as a kind of utterance endowed, in its textual realisations, with a certain semantic and structural dominant. The author’s analysis of the gathered material led to the reconstruction of a model of the genre. Bakhtin’s theory that there exist primary and secondary genres of speech, and also the available linguistic material, allowed the author to distinguish two varieties of complaint: the primary (i.e. the spoken one) and secondary (i.e. the written one). The description of the genre presented in the study contains two textual models of complaint: the spoken complaint, recognised as the primary genre and the secondary variety, i.e. a written complaint to an institution. In Chapter II, a reconstruction of the generic model of complaint has been carried out, and the following semantic defmition was put forward: I, i.e. X, speak: I'm in a bad mood because o f Y, recognising that complaint consists in an act of the addresser expressing his or her dissatisfaction. The element that all the texts collected by the author share is the addressers’ elear intention to express their dissatisfaction, or a physical or psychic discomfort, caused by an undersirable state of affairs. The collected texts bear witness to a great structural variety of the spoken complaint. A ubiąuitous semantic element of complaint is negation, there appear also exclamatory expressions indicating the expressive character of the addresser’s utterance. Another element discussed here is the repetitions which show the degree of the addresser’s dissatisfaction, and which are meant reflect the enormity of the hard done to him or her. As regards the enumerative syntactic patterns in spoken complaints, they are meant to emphasis the great number and variety of the factors that awake the speaker’s dissatisfaction. A complaining individual wants to make the interlocutor to sympathise with him or her, and tries to achieve this by presenting his or her problems in the form of a question that drews the addressee into the speaker’s way of reasoning, and is meant to move, activate the addressee, and make him or her react in some way. The speaker strives, at the same time, to present his or her misarabłe situation in a graphic way, so he or she uses comparative sentence structures, often taking recourse to various stereotype comparisons well established in a given language, but always of a negative naturę. Chapter II contains an analysis of the adaptive structure of the spoken complaint, that is the description of a mixture (an interfusion) of the textual model of the spoken complaint with narrative structures. The object of the author’s research in Chapter III is the secondary genre — the official variety of complaint seen from a bureaucratic point of view. The first stage of the analysis consistedin pointing out the basie structure. The author’s analysis of the complaints to various institutions made it possible to reconstruct an extended structure of that genre of speech. Chapter III contains also a description of all elements of the textual model distinguished as a result of the said analysis. These elements contain structures composed of many constituent parts. As an example of such structures, we may mention a well developed textual frame with the initial and finał component, a frame that may contain, among other things, the information concerning the place, time, and participants of the communicative act, the participants’, professional titles, polite expressions, a reąuest for the complaint to be accepted, expressions of gratitude, confirmation of one’s respect for the addressee, and a signature. The proper content of a complaint contains: an indication of the person who is the object of the complaint, a verbalisation of the committed offence or misconduct, a description of the circumstances in which that event took place, a project of the State of affairs desired by the addresser, and a reąuest for the addressee to react in an appropriate, that is consistent with legał regulations, way. In Chapter III, apart from the description of the basie structure and of the maximal official complaint, also an analysis of the adaptive structure of the genre has been carried out. The author also indicates here the transformations in the textual model of complaint taking place under the influence of the textual model of the formal application.
ISBN: 8322611358
Appears in Collections:Książki/rozdziały (W.Hum.)

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