PhD in Philology, Senior researcher of the Department of stylistics, language culture and sociolinguistics, Institute of the Ukrainian Language of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
4 Hrushevskyi St., Kyiv 01001, Ukraine
Heading: Language of the media
Abstract: The article analyzes the features of the language content of the documentaries “The Revelation of Academician Vernadskyi”, “In Search of Living Substance”, created on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the scientist. The media products under study were interpreted as biographical installations, which determined their linguistic and cultural decoding.
In contemporary documentary biographical cinema, a person’s personality is focused through its separate spiritual space, replenished with a specific imagery, commensurate with the image of the age in which this outstanding figure lived and the sphere in which he created. The creation of these images involves many subtextual levels that, as a result, make it possible to reach socially requested generalizations. A feature of modern documentary portraits is the refusal of a detailed retelling of the biography of the person: from a variety of events, the author of the film builds a clear picture of the hero’s life. Note that biographical films often localize the story. There is a kind of compositional template for the creation of anniversary and memorial biographical films: statements of the involved actors, archival film footage and movie quotes with a focus on the professional character of the protagonist. However, some of the writers of the tape shift the focus on the inner world of the hero of the biographical construct, trying to learn the versatility of his personality.
The reception of documentary content is always variable, as it depends on the perception of the particular viewer, and occurs both at the text level (verbal) and at the level of other expressive means (non-verbal). The kaleidoscopic elements of a biographical installation potentiates the variability of its decoding and enables the recipient to “install” their version of the biographical construct.
Key words: documentary, V. Vernadskyi, lingual content, installation, decoding.
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