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Journal: Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics (Vol.-, No. 3)

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Page : 7-18

Keywords : cognitive linguistics; pragmatic linguistics; cognitive-pragmatic subparadigm; verbal-cognitive activity; discourse; discursive activity; illocution; directive function of language;

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Modern linguistics aims at fusing the postulates of functional-communicative linguistics with the theory of human verbal-cognitive activity in order to extract the anthropocentric synergy of all (extralinguistic and linguistic) components of discursive text generation. In fact, this is the distinctive feature of the cognitive-pragmatic subparadigm of the linguistics of the 21st century as compared to structural linguistics (even to its functional variant, purported in the works of the members of the Prague Linguistic Circle). Their structural-systemic methodology excluded various extralinguistic factors from its area of interest, since from their point of view such factors were not vital sources of influence on the functional potential of language. While for the schools of structural linguistics it was sufficient to purport the existence of language as an abstract web of interrelations, it is insufficient for the cognitive-pragmatic linguistics. According to its methodological postulates, linguistic analysis focuses not only on the system of language, but also on human discursive activity. It makes it possible to approach the understanding of literary text resonance (the unity of a communicative event, its intellectual-emotional reception and architectonics of the narrative), being the particular synergy that forms the axiosemantic field of a text, consequently realising the cognitive, pragmatic and directive functions of language. In other words, the cognitive-pragmatic subparadigm of language analysis with its fundamental postulates is in stark contrast with not only functional-grammatical theory of language, the methodology of which boils down to analysing the statics of words and their grammatical forms, but also with systemic-structural theory of language that examines the combinatory-semantic nature of linguistic meaning. Consequently, this fusion of the assumptions of cognitive and pragmatic linguistics allows examining the transformation of the intellectual-emotional energy of the subjects of literary communication (writers and readers), comprising mental, discursive and emotional psychodynamics of the human soul, into verbal-cognitive activity employed to fulfill one's needs, goals, intentions and expectations. Within the scope of this approach end up the situations in which humans act as either the subjects of verbal interaction, or the objects of verbal-cognitive activity, or the characters of works of literature, ultimately becoming the focal point. Communicative anthropocentrism regards its multi-layered synergy as the distinctive property of the cognitive-pragmatic subparadigm – this sets the subparadigm apart from not only linguistic semiology, but also from the aspectual analysis of language within the methodology of modern approaches (cognitive linguistics, cultural linguistics and communicative linguistics). All things considered, for the cognitive-pragmatic linguistics it is central to focus not only on the system of langauge, but also on the deepest mechanisms of human verbal-cognitive activity that translates into the complex unity of the dynamic system of language, verbal communication and the connotative influence on human thoughts and feelings

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