International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Variations and effects of Speech and Thought Presentation Categories on the basis of Short Stories by Contemporary Women Writers in English
Nino Kvantaliani

The present study attempts to analyze the interaction between the categories of speech and thought presentation. Special emphasis is given to variations between the two modes as well as to the instances of ambiguity created by their interplay. The article endeavors to illustrate how authorial linguistic choices are used to manipulate the reader response and sympathy towards the events being narrated. The theoretical basis for the analysis is the classification of the speech and thought presentation modes by G. Leech and M. Short (2003) as it ‘concentrates on the linguistic phenomena within texts that give rise to viewpoint effects’ (McIntyre, 2006). Apart from this, since fictional texts display the tendency to move between categories of speech and thought presentation as well as between the modes within one category, the article attempts to offer the analysis of possible gradations and blends based on formal linguistic features. The practical part of research was done on the basis of short stories in English by contemporary women writers.

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