METAPHOR, PARADOX AND AMBIGUITY. DISCURSIVE STRATEGIES

Posted On Nov 11 2015 by

The paper represents an advocacy for refining the speaker’s discursive strategies, in order to apprehensively open (in a gesture of semiotic decency) the Romanian imaginary dowry. Making appropriate, natural, choices, avoiding arrogances or vulgar ironies are the challenges to be undertaken in the current political discourse. I believe the analysis of certain metaphoric processes, symmetries and semantic paradoxes – from a semiotic and metaphor theory perspective – can provide insight within the speakers’ skills, within the symbolic representations conveyed in the construction of messages and within the power struggle negotiation. I have observed the deciphering of the metaphorical mechanism, the …


“FAIR IS FOUL AND FOUL IS FAIR”: THE POETICS OF EVIL IN MACBETH BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Posted On Oct 18 2011 by

This paper aims at analysing the type of poeticity that governs the tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The stylistics of the witches’ discourse reveals some hidden destructive structures that corrupt words and meanings. These patterns can be identified in the figures of speech that dominate the play’s language from the very first scene. The perversion of the poetic tropes is paralleled by a perversion of the process of signification brought about by the prophetic formula of ‘Fair is foul and foul is fair’. Macbeth’s tragedy is not only a tragedy of exaggerated ambition and uncontrolled wrath, but also a …


IDIOMATIC EXPRESSIONS WITH AND AS MODALIZERS IN ENGLISH AND ROMANIAN

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

Considering the definitions of modality and the distinctions made between different types of modality, the paper focuses on the modal verbs as modalizers (belonging to one of the four classes of modalizers) in idiomatic expressions (idioms and proverbs). It is based on a comparative- contrastive approach to the use of such modalizers in the English idiomatic expressions and the different ways of rendering them in Romanian. Special attention is paid to the modalled idioms and proverbs, i.e. those including one or more modal verbs