Actualization of Socio-Political Vocabulary in Everyday Discourse of the Subjects of Communication

Keywords: socio-political vocabulary, occasionalisms, everyday discourse, intent-analysis, discourse-analysis, intentions, communication, social networks.


The purpose of the article is to investigate the actualization of new socio-political lexical units, including occasionalisms, and their impact on the mental and intentional organization of communication subjects utterances with a projection on psycholinguistic features of verbal interaction at the private level, in particular in social networks.

The methods and techniques. Achievement of the goal of the research was realized through the use of a set of general scientific and psycholinguistic methods (observation, recording, transcription and analysis of dialogues and statements in social networks, generalization of the results), as well as discursive and intent analysis.

The results of the research. In the process of intent analysis of occasionalisms’ actualization in everyday discourse, it is established that the peculiarity of their use is the lack of open intention to motivate the addressee to specific actions. The main task of the interlocutors is to change the opponent’s attitudes by devaluing, humiliating or ridiculing of his or her point of view or statement. They are often used for the purpose of trolling and flame, designed for emotional reaction, inciting of confrontation and connecting to the discussion of an unlimited number of interlocutors.

The author of a provocative post, remark or comment on the Internet does not so much appeal to his or her opponents as forms an information message for possible virtual interlocutors. The absence of direct contact introduces an element of dissociation, remoteness to such a considerable distance that it is possible not to control emotions, which provokes excessive intensification of linguistic expression, in particular the pejorative connotation of utterances. For this purpose, occasionalisms are often used as inherently expressive words, as well as obsceneisms, etc., and the usual ones acquire adherent expressiveness.

The conclusions. Socio-political occasionalisms play the role of special «linguistic means» through which the message takes place and its pragmatic aspect is realized. Most of them arose and actively circulate in social networks, which is important in the formation of not only modern vocabulary and discursive space, but also new psycholinguistic features of communication. Therefore, the study of innovations, their functioning in everyday discourse expands the idea of mental-cognitive and intentional features of the socio-political context-mediated communication in social networks.


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Kotsur, V., Vilchynska, I., & Kotsur, L. (2020). Actualization of Socio-Political Vocabulary in Everyday Discourse of the Subjects of Communication. PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, 28(2), 82-98.