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Minitexts of poetic titles as markers of the English cognitive paradaigm

Minitexts are of interest to scholars due to the ‘shrinking’ trend in communication which affects not only language products but also the human mental structures generating them. The correlation of these two planes of human interaction as reflected in minitexts presents a challenge for linguistics. A minitext is viewed as a text of limited length (up to 600 words). The present paper reveals cognitive, pragmasemantic and discursive aspects of minitexts, exemplified by the titles of children’s poems. The authors characterise the basic features of such texts (cohesion, coherence, wholeness, intentionality, etc.) and present their thematic typology. The analysis shows that adequate assessment of the identifying markers within poetic minitexts depends on the interaction of text discursive parameters, on the one hand, and their location in the hierarchy of other signs or markers, on the other. Choosing titles for English poems addressed to children, the authors focus on the unusual linguistic units involved in the creation of the titles’ artistic imagery and aesthetic effect. One of the evident advantages of the cognitive and pragmatic approach is that it illustrates how minitexts can be useful in developing children’s world perception, as well as their artistic tastes.

KEYWORDS: cognitive-pragmatic approach, discourse analysis, poetic titles, minitexts, children’s literature

Yuliya Vedeneva. Senior Lecturer in English Philology Dpt, Samara State University (Russia). Resrarch interests cover text linguistics, literary studies, sociolinguistics, pragmalinguistics. Has published a series of articles concerned with English mini-format texts and English poetic pieces intended for children as a target audience. Frequent participant of research conferences on English language teaching methodology.

Peter McGee. Professor in English Philology Dpt at Korolev Samara National Research University (Russia). Lectures on Stylistics, Business Communication, Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics 101, Pragmalinguistics, Educational Discourse, etc. Research interests cover English mini-format texts and communication strategies in various types of discourse. Has supervised 17 postgraduate students in their research work. Active member of editorial boards in several journals, including Russian Journal of Communication published in cooperation with the Russian Communication Association (RCA) and the North American Russian Communication Association (NARCA). Author of over 200 publications on the issues of Applied Linguistics.

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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