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The peculiarities of functionality of evaluative lexis in the English-language political discourse (on the text of US mass media)

Evlasev Aleksandr Petrovich

PhD in Philosophy

Docent, the department of Linguistics and Translation Studies, Surgut State University

628406, Russia, Khanty-Mansiiskii avtonomnyi okrug, g. Surgut, ul. Lenina, 1, aud. 414



Sychugova Larisa Alekseevna

PhD in Philology

Docent, the department of Linguistics and Translation Studies, Surgut State University

628406, Russia, Khanty-Mansiiskii avtonomnyi okrug, g. Surgut, ul. Lenina, 1, of. 414






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This article is dedicated to examination of the questions of functionality of evaluative lexis in political discourse of the United States. The relevance of the topic is substantiated by the heightened interests of research towards the peculiarities of expressing evaluative meanings in various types of discourse. In modern linguistics, the analysis of functionality of evaluative lexis in the political discourse is of unequivocal interest, since axiological interpretation significantly affects the life of modern society. Research methodology is comprised of the work of such Russian linguists as I. S. Alekseeva, A. A. Ufimtseva, T. A. Znamenskaya, N. D. Arutyunova, and others. Special attention is given to the method of realization of negative evaluations. The goal of this  article consists in the methods of expression of evaluative meanings s using stylistic means, as the language is an effective weapon in the world of politics. The political texts of US mass media served as the material for this research due to the fact that mass media influence the formation of public opinion, the course of political discussions and referendums, rating of political and public figures, political parties, and public organizations. The conducted analysis demonstrates that the US political discourse includes different lexical and stylistic means applied for exertion of ideological influence, as well as formation of certain attitudes on certain realities of political life among the recipients.

Keywords: phraseology, lexical unit, stylistic means, lexical means, evaluative lexis, word meaning, political discourse, axiology, semantics, politician
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