Galich T.S. Vantage Point as a Mechanism in Talk Show Discourse


Tatyana S. Galich

Postgraduate Student, Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Siberian Federal University

Prosp. Svobodny, 82a, 660041 Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

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Abstract. The article considers vantage point as a cognitive mechanism for conceptual structuring of a discourse via perspective of cognitive linguistics. It describes purposes, structure of vantage point in talk show discourse as well as language means of the representation. As a result of the analysis of American and Russian entertaining daytime and late-night talk shows it was found that vantage point is based on profiling such components of the discourse content as the information about a studio or channel, time of the discourse interaction, name of a talk show, name of a host, and the summary of a talk show content. The number and configuration of the components is determined by a host of a talk show. Also, it was found that vantage point serves the function of constructing spatial and temporal parameters of a discourse as well as creating special focus on conceptual content in the representation of talk-show discourse, helps viewers to concentrate their attention on this content as well as to know about further content of a discourse. Vantage point in a talk show discourse is marked by nominations, prepositions of location, adverbs with the semantics of present tense, prepositions with the semantics of consecution and additionality. 

Key words: discourse, talk-show, subject, discursive organization, cognitive mechanism, vantage point.

Citation. Galich T.S. Vantage Point as a Mechanism in Talk Show Discourse. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Serija 2, Jazykoznanije [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2017, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 168-174. (in Russian). DOI: 

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