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New Insights into Slavic Linguistics

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Edited By Jacek Witkos and Sylwester Jaworski

This volume presents a number of contributions to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society held in Szczecin, Poland, October 26–28. The largest number of articles address issues related to the (morpho)syntactic level of language structure, and several papers describe results of recent research into different aspects of Slavic linguistics as well. The current volume proves conclusively that Slavic linguists make a remarkable contribution to the development of various theoretical frameworks by analysing linguistic evidence from richly inflected languages, which allows them to test and modify contemporary theories and approaches based on other types of data.
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The Structure of the Speech Act of Complimenting Viewed from a Pragmalinguistic Perspective

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Ewa Komorowska

Szczecin University

1.  Introduction

Despite numerous publications devoted to the phenomenon of a speech act, pragmatics seems to lack a monograph on the comparison between Polish and Russian that comprehensively describes the speech act of complimenting. The sole paper on complimenting present within the Polish linguistics is a monograph by Galasiński (1992), which comprises only one aspect of complimenting, i.e. complimenting oneself. Therefore, the author does not touch upon complimenting the addressee or a third party. Further, the research material comprises solely the Polish language. The Russian-language literature, in turn, does not possess any monograph devoted to the speech act of complimenting (but see Balakaj 2007). It must be admitted that both in Polish and in Russian-language literature there sporadically appear articles addressing the phenomenon of positive evaluation; still, there is a shortage of papers devoted solely to the speech act of complimenting, especially viewed from a comparative perspective. Considering the above, this article should be perceived as an attempt to present the structure of the broadly understood speech act of complimenting, i.e. complimenting oneself, complimenting the addressee, complimenting a third party etc., from the perspective of a linguistic comparison of Polish and Russian.

I adopt the pragmalinguistic methodology of the description of linguistic material. The aim of the article is to analyze the structure of the speech act of complimenting within the Polish and Russian comparative aspect, from the perspective of linguistic pragmatics.

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