Panel 5. Repetition in discourses across languages and genres (ENG)

Organizer: Azad Mammadov, (Chair and Prof.Department of General Linguistics, Azerbaijan University of Languages),

This workshop is intended to explore some of the most intriguing issues in the study of repetition and its functions in discourses across languages and genres. Repetition has been widely and extensively studied from the perspectives of text linguistics (Halliday and Hasan 1976, Enkvist 1989, Karoly. 2003), discourse analysis and linguistic pragmatics (Tannen 1989, Hoey 1991, Nascione 2010), literary studies (Pilkington 2000) and rhetoric (Cockroft et. al. 2014). The workshop organizers have decided to revisit this topic due to their new approach to this phenomenon, which can reshape our understanding of the role of repetition in text and discourse which has traditionally been analyzed from a perspective of social aspects. Such approach can allow more in-depth analysis of the phenomenon of repetition from the point of view of discourse studies, cognitive linguistics and sociolinguistics and can help to reveal its new function in discourse. Hopefully this workshop can also help to understand better the role of individual, subjectivity and knowledge in discourse production prioritized by the sociocognitive approach (Van Dijk 2008, Van Dijk 2009, Van Dijk 2014, etc.).

Thus, the workshop aims to study the phenomenon of repetition on the level of language based on the method of discourse analysis (with the elements of critical discourse analysis Cap 2020) and on the level of cognition based on the method provided by the Contemporary Metaphor Theory (Lakoff 1993, Casassanto 2009, Engstrom 2009). In order to justify this methodology, it focuses on repetition in language as one of the core elements in the series of choices senders make based on their individual and social preferences. Different types of direct phonetic, morphological, lexical and syntactic repetition extensively used in discourses across languages and genres are under analysis in terms of their textual (poetic, rhetoric and construal) and cognitive functions. The workshop therefore aims to explore different types of repetition from a perspective of their multiple functions in discourses across languages and genres.

During the process of discourse production, both explicit linguistic devices and implicit relations play crucial role in the construction of its cognitive structure. In this connection, repetition in language is one of the most important linguistic devices in any genre of discourse. Repetitions give strong impetus to discourse participants for relevant associations and eventually for strong cognitive operations. It is a choice made by senders, first of all, based on their subjective individual rather social preferences. Subjectivity in discourse implies a subjective interpretation of meanings constructed by participants and the use of repetition motivates certain formal discoursive behaviors. Thus, our study of repetition in discourse provides us with a new strong argument in favor of the sociocognitive approach which prioritizes the role of individual factors in discourse production.


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