The article deals with the analysis of foregrounding devices represented in the poetic work “Aytys” by Olzhas Suleymenov. In general, foregrounding as a stylistic phenomenon is typical of all the functional styles. However, it acquires a special importance in the poetic texts which are characterised by a great variety of all-level foregrounding devices and the absence of functional stylistic, emotive, expressive and figurative limits. The foregrounding devices in a poetic context and their distinguishing functional features give the author the opportunity to create non-standard (linguistically deviant) poetic micro text determined by the bilingual artistic thinking. A special attention in the article is given to the analysis of semantic-stylistic groups which include different components providing maximal level of foregrounding in the text: repetition of homogenous syntactic constructions, repetition of lexical units, semantic contrast, violation of rhyme and rhythm, personification, stylistic paradox, etc. The concentration of a great variety of foregrounding devices in the context displays the internal stylistic potentiality of a poetic text in general. The poetic text under analysis is the integration of Kazakh and Russian perceptions of the world which is transmitted by means of the Russian language. The poetic text is characterised by the dominance of the Kazakh mental images, phenomena and objects formed in the mind of a translingual poet. This fact provides the semantic richness of the text and its stylistic potential which is characterised by the author’s individual expressions and the variety of foregrounding devices.

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Nursultan Mahanbet uly Dzhusupov

“Syrdariya” University

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PhD in Philology, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Languages, “Syrdariya” University; Interests: cognitive linguistics, stylistics, cognitive stylistics, comparative linguistics, translation theory, comparative stylistics, German studies

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