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Language and Stylistic Aspects of Karel Capek’s Journalistic Writing: An Analysis of "Hovory s T. G. Masarykem" through the Method of Textual Linguistics

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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Czechoslovakia   textual linguistics   biography   Hovory s T.G. Masaryk


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


The present contribution focuses on Karel Capek’s Hovory s T.G. Masarykem to analyse its intrinsic structure byapplying František Daneš’ model of thematic progressions (TP), ie. the choice and ordering of utterance themes,their mutual concatenation and hierarchy, as well as their relation to the hyperthemes of the superior text unit (suchas paragraph, chapter, etc.), to the whole text, and to the situation. Thematic progression might be viewed as theskeleton of the plot. This contribution aims to identify the thematic progression patterns (simple linear, constant,with derived themes), in particular in the third part, focused on Masaryk’s thinking. Thanks to the identificatioof the thematic progressions, it is possible to ascertain the communicative intention of the author and to point outsome formal aspects. Differently from the first two parts, in which the style is mainly narrative, in the third one theintention of Capek is to reproduce the style of the president’s speeches. Putting in writing Masaryk’s thoughts, Capekpreserves the oral dimension and the stylistic originality of the speaker. Moreover, Masaryk himself contributed tothe editing of the Hovory.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław