IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(3): 138-143 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.3.216

Vertical Context in Speech Portrayals as an Index of Social Identity (British-American Parallels)

Tatiana A. Ivushkina
Abstract—Vertical context defined as information of historical, philological and cultural character implicitly conveys information about the personage/speaker, which should be inferred by the reader/listener to grasp the author’s ideas. In our earlier publications, it has been revealed that literary vertical context in the upper classes of Great Britain (X1X-XX centuries British literature) has endured through time and comprises a certain list of literary works which serve as social identifiers. The comparative study of two novels of the XX1 century − The Past Imperfect by a British writer Julian Fellowes and Rules of Civility by an American writer Amor Towles − enables us to find common literary core made up of British writers and poets, on the one hand, and the literary allusions underlying historical and cultural differences and separateness of the Anglo-Saxon world. The paper is aimed at analyzing the most frequent literary allusions in speech portrayals, making parallels and inferring the most valuable information that underpins upper class culture.

Index Terms—American novel, British novel, XX1 century, cultural code, implication, social standing, speech portrayals, upper classes, vertical context.

Tatiana A. Ivushkina is with English Department №3 at MGIMO (University), Moscow, Russia (e-mail: Tatiana.ivushkina@gmail.com).

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Cite:Vertical Context in Speech Portrayals as an Index of Social Identity (British-American Parallels), "Tatiana A. Ivushkina," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 138-143, 2019.

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