Pragmatic Peculiarities of the Utterances with Subjunctive Mood in the Modern English Language

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Study of pragmatic types of sentences is an important sphere of linguistic studies, as the knowledge of language requires not only ability to build up sentences (language competence), but also ability to use them correctly in speech acts in order to achieve needed communicative-functional result (communicative competence). The subject matter of this research is the pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Subjunctive Mood in the Modern English language. The aim of this research is to investigate the pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Subjunctive Mood in the Modern English language by means of analytical examination of the modern English literary texts. The matter of the peculiarities of pragmatic types of sentences with Subjunctive Mood in the modern English language has been investigated оn the basis of the detective novel “Tell me your Dreams” by Sidney Sheldon, popular American writer of the 20th-21st century. Proceeding from the aim of the research, there were a number of concrete tasks set to be carried out: 1) to describe the pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Subjunctive I; 2) to describe the pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Subjunctive II; 3) to describe the pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Suppositional Mood; 4) to describe the pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Conditional Mood. The results of this investigation proved the current relevance and the novelty of the study. The current relevance of the topic of the research is conditioned by the necessity of overall theoretical viewing the category of modality and the systematization of the means of its expression in the Modern English language. Despite the large number of theoretical works by domestic and foreign researches devoted to the issue of modality, this question requires constant reconsideration by means of analytical investigation of the modern literary texts. Therefore, the lack of scientific enlightenment of the issue of mood as one of the means of expressing modality in the Modern English language motivated the choice of the topic of this course paper. The novelty of the course paper is conditioned by the fact that the problem of defining the Subjunctive Mood has aroused a large number of contradictions in the Modern English language. That is for the reason that the verb form expressing suppositional action may coincide with the form of Indicative Mood. Thus, the analytical investigation of the modern literary text with the object of using in it the utterances with Subjunctive Mood allows to follow the ways of practical usage of the grammatical category of mood as a means of expressing modality. In theoretical part consisting of three chapters such questions as the notion of modality, the definition, sense and circle of meanings of this category; the types of modality and ways of its expression; the notion of pragmatics and pragmatic types of sentences were examined. The theoretical part was written on the basis of foreign and domestic researchers’ works devoted to the issues of modality and pragmatics. These are linguistic theories of V.V.Vynohradov, L.A.Biryulin, V.Z.Panfilov, N.Yu.Shvedova, O.I.Byelyayeva, I.B.Khlebnikova, L.S.Yermolayeva and classifications by P.Grice, J.Searle, J.Austin, G.G.Pocheptsov. Proceeding from the aim of the paper, the problem of systematization of the modern view on the modality phenomenon was introduced along with the existing in modern linguistics approaches to studying this phenomenon. In practical part, which consists of five chapters, according to the aim of the course paper, there were considered solutions to number of issues, such as: description of pragmatic peculiarities of the utterances with Subjunctive I, Subjunctive II, Suppositional Mood and Conditional Mood. In the basis of the analysis were the classification of pragmatic types of sentences by...
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