Phraseological units functions implementation in the discursive space of the Russian-speaking Internet

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The purpose of the research is to consider the aspects of some functions of phrasemes in the Russian-language Internet discourse, primarily in connection with their role in forming significant elements of network communication. The relevance of the study is determined by the fact, that the problem of implementation of certain functions of set expressions in Internet discourse has not yet been fully explored and requires close attention to the interdependence of phraseology and other Internet phenomena. The material of the article are contexts with phrasemes, collected by the method of continuous sampling only from the proper network genres: Internet forums, network blogs, Internet comments, social networks, etc. The author analyzes the features of phraseology and its pragmatic potential. The method of continuous sampling, classification-typological and interpretive methods, as well as the method of discourse-contextual analysis of linguistic units were used. The methodological basis was formed by articles on the functional aspects of phraseology and Internet linguistics. The study proved that, on the one hand, the Internet is an actual environment for studying the linguistic units functioning, and phraseology itself in the new speech and discursive conditions remains in demand. It is shown that phraseology and its functions in online communication create proper discursive features of the Internet: expressiveness, colloquialism, neogenity, etc., and also take part in emerging different phenomena of network origin: Internet memes, “demotivators,” threads of Internet comments.

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Mariia S. Dobrova

Palacký University Olomouc

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ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6106-8453

Doctor of Philology, Assistant Professor at Department of Slavic Studies, Faculty of Arts

10 Křížkovského St, Olomouc, 779 00, Czech Republic


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