Quotation Rathmayr, Renate. 2020. Strategii snjatija ili smjagchenija konflikta: potencail rechevogo akta izvinenija v aspekte mezhkul'turnoj pragmatiki. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta - Serija 2 Yazykoznanie. 19 (1), 6-17.




The article considers the linguistic and communicative nature of an apology (a request forforgiveness) as a corrective action that is aimed at preventing or mitigating conflict. By analyzing speech situationsfrom Russian and Austrian culture and their illustrations in literary sources, it is established that apology occupiesan intermediate position between performative and non-performative utterance. There have been recorded thesituations, where even serious damage can be removed by an apology or an apology in combination withcompensation. There are three categories of apologies: metacommunicative, conventional and substantive apologies.The latter two are described in the article. The hypothesis of the study is substantiated by the thesis that theapology depends not only on the severity of the damage, but also on the traditions of culture and peculiarities ofthe communicative situation. This issue is one of the insufficiently studied questions of linguistics. The articleallocates the cultural universals of apologetic speech actions and culturally specific features of apology situationsin Russian and Austrian cultures. It is shown that in the sphere of politics, even decades after the infliction ofserious harm, a sincere apology for an insult or violation of the norms of behavior, uttered by the responsibleperson or his descendant, can be the basis for improving inter-state relations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta - Serija 2 Yazykoznanie
Language Russian
Title Strategii snjatija ili smjagchenija konflikta: potencail rechevogo akta izvinenija v aspekte mezhkul'turnoj pragmatiki
Volume 19
Number 1
Year 2020
Page from 6
Page to 17
Reviewed? Y
URL https://l.jvolsu.com/index.php/en/component/attachments/download/2150
DOI https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu2.2020.1.1
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://l.jvolsu.com/index.php/en/component/attachments/download/2150


Rathmayr, Renate (Details)
Institute for Slavic Languages IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5410 Cultural science (Details)
5917 Communication science (Details)
6527 Cultural history (Details)
6604 Applied linguistics (Details)
6607 Interpreting, translating education (Details)
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6622 Psycholinguistics (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
6625 Technical language studies (Details)
6631 Translation and interpreting studies (Details)
6903 Humanities (interdisciplinary) (Details)
6908 Subject didactics (humanities) (Details)
6910 Rhetoric (Details)
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