Prokhvatilova O.A. Internal Converse in Modern Media Discourse


Olga A. Prokhvatilova

Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Professor, Department of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Leninskie Gory, 1, 119991 Moscow, Russia

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Abstract. The article reveals specificity of internal converse practice in the media discourse. The converse is defined as a speech-and-cognitive category that characterizes a constructive principle of the media text manifested in insertion of other person's utterances into the monospeech of a journalist. It is stated that the major means of converse practice is citing direct speech of some other person, which enables precise marking of citation boundaries in media texts. The other person's utterance insertion is marked by the use of reporting verbs that nominate processes of saying or communication in oral or written forms of media discourse, indicating the source of citation with introductory constructions, as well as the names and nicknames of radio listeners who sent their questions. Direct speech may be introduced into the author's text without any special linguistic markers. The sources of quoting relevant for the media text are revealed, including radio listeners, journalists, writers, economists, public and political figures, heroes of modern books and popular movies, mass media. Four functions of the cited utterances are considered relevant for the modern media text: compositional, authoritarian, interpretive and constructive. The types of converse relations that arise between the author's and other person's cited speech are determined.

Key words: media text, converse category, types of converse, authorization, converse representation means, citation sources, internal converse practice.

Citation. Prokhvatilova O.A. Internal Converse in Modern Media Discourse. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2020, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 150-158. (in Russian). DOI:

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