Cod. MES016 - ABSTRACT


Title: MODALIZATION AS AN ELEMENT OF THE INTERACTIONAL GAME IN ORAL DISCOURSE

Author/Institution:

ZILDA AQUINO (USP)

Abstract: Modalization can be understood as a manifestation of (inter)subjectivity, according to Traugott (2010). In spite of such a recent definition, the concept of modalization in discourse cannot be said to be undisputable, as attested by scholars connected to different theoretical approaches, such as Givón (1995), Halliday (1985), Coseriu (1992), Neves (2007), and others. Besides that, investigations on the use of modalization in language suggest that there is still room for research as far as the strategic use of modalizers in interaction is concerned. In this sense, the aim of this work is to discuss different concepts of modalization and modalizers, so as to make it possible to understand the role played by modalization in discourse and to comprehend the way in which it may orient the construction of spoken texts. Modalization marks may appear more or less evidently, a feature that deserves to be analyzed in the discursive construction, as it sets the role played by the interactants. Spoken media interviews broadcast in 2015 were selected for analysis. The interviewees in them were important politicians, who were expected to talk about controversial issues. The analysis made it possible to observe the existence of a significant face-saving/face-threatening movement, in which modalizers worked as strategic elements for both of the participants in the interactional game.

Keywords: Oral discourse; interaction; modalization.