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Dynamic changes in modern English discourse

The study looks into the developments in modern linguistic science, its new branches and trends, emphasising the importance of language study on the basis of the unity of all language areas. The authors briefly characterise recent changes in linguistics, paying particular attention to the grammatical system of the English language. The study aims to show the expediency and even necessity of applying the functional approach and the cognitive-discursive paradigm to the study of different linguistic phenomena. The main method used in the study is of functional discourse analysis. Research material is represented by texts of Internet discourse, mobile communication discourse and print media discourse. The study concludes that the use of functional approach in studies of the lexical and grammatical system of the language, and of the cognitive-discursive paradigm in the analysis of discourse helps represent the language in a new dimension, trace new possibilities of human speech activities and new features of the functioning of different levels of linguistic units.

KEYWORDS: lexical system, grammatical system, functional approach, cognitive-discursive paradigm, Internet discourse, mobile communication discourse, print media discourse

Olga Aleksandrova. Head of English Linguistics at Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Author of a raft of manuals and articles devoted to the study of modern English language, its grammar, innovative trends, cognitive linguistic studies and cultural studies. Member of editorial boards for several scientific journals. Member of the Russian Higher Attestation Commission that oversees the awards of advanced academic degrees. Holds membership of a number of professional associations of linguists and language teachers in Russia and abroad. Has been involved in defining the Russian national academic standards in philology for universities.

Elena Mendzheritskaya. Associate Professor of English, Faculty of Philology, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia). Specialises in cognitive linguistics with a particular interest in cognitive syntax, a term she introduced in her 1997 monograph Cognitive Syntax of Fiction. Currently investigating discourse as a term and its applicability to the analysis of mass media language. Author of Mass Media Language manual and a new monograph devoted to print media discourse to be published soon.

Victoria Malakhova. CSc in Linguistics, Associate Professor in English Language Dpt No 4 of MGIMO University (Russia). In 2003, graduated with honours from Belgorod State University and was awarded the qualification of Teacher of English and German. Research interests cover discourse, functional linguosynergetics and the category of possession. Has been teaching English in tertiary education since 2003 and employed at MGIMO University since 2015. Teaches a number of subjects, including General English, Business English, Home Reading in English. The author of over 40 publications on philology, pedagogy and English language teaching methodology. Has authored and co-authored five textbooks and one monograph.


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