LINGUOSTYLISTIC MEANS OF THE CREATION OF COLLECTIVE SPEECH PORTRAIT OF TEENAGERS IN THE TV SERIES “GOSSIP GIRL”

  • Alexandra Volodymyrivna Zabolotska
Keywords: characters speech portrait, stylistic tropes and figures, cinema discourse

Abstract

This article deals with the interesting and actual problem of modern communicative linguistics, related to the singling out means of realization of characters’ speech portrait in cinema discourse, in particular the case study of the television series “Gossip girl”;

In TV series “Gossip girl” characters are involved into the general atmosphere of the East Side – elite district of New York City, where the majority of the Constance private school pupils live. All of them received exemplary education and from childhood they were instilled in good tastes, which formed the range of their preferences and influenced on their cognitive activity. Although at first glance it seems that the characters deal only with personal life and gossip about each other, teenagers of the series are not ordinary middle-statistic youths, a great number of stylistic devices and expressive means were defined in characters’ speech; during the investigation it was found out that the most frequently used in characters speech there are stylistic tropes and figures, in which metaphors and irony are dominated ones. The examples of using metonymy, hyperboles, phrase epithets, pun are not numerous. The identified stylistic devices indicate the education of heroes, the sharpness of their minds and a special way of thinking; the interest of the series characters to literature, cinematography and modern pop culture are expressed in using of a large number of allusive names.

Youth speech may be differentiated according to the age, profession, location, gender features and also to the educated/ no educated characteristics. the speech of educated young people correspond to the professional one; young people are not going to hide some information, they can self-affirm and that’s why they produce their own speech. By the way, proper names is the one of basis means of intertextuality, which are caused by the possibility of proper name to be a precedent text i.e. to be a word or word combination, which point out certain well-known work of art or personality: in the context of our article there are name of famous philosophy of ancient Greece – Socrat, using name of Gandi – Indian politician, mentioning of children fairy-tale “Cinderella”, personage of F.S. Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, names of Shakespearean’s characters, personage of Mario Puzo “Godfather”, personage of the film “How Grinch theft the Christmas”, personage of the film “Star Wars”, doll “Barbie”.

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Published
2019-12-27
Pages
33-37
Section
SECTION 3 MASS MEDIA LANGUAGE