Linguistic research devoted to the issues of communicative culture of Turkic peoples is very important in modern linguistics. The purpose of this article is to study the means of expressing verbal aggression in Tatar linguistic culture. The research material is lexical-semantic and paremiological units with the meaning of speech aggression. It is proposed to use descriptive and stylistic methods to solve the tasks of the research. The descriptive method is represented by such techniques as the continuous sampling method, processing, interpretation method, as well as lexical and semantic analysis. The lexical-semantic methods and features of the expression of speech aggression in the Tatar language are revealed. It has been established that in the corpus of lexemes a special place is occupied by the use of colloquial offensive vocabulary, metaphors, epithets expressing insult, humiliation, nonsense, threat and the aggressive emotional state of the individual. The evil-wishing (“kargysh”) is one of the idiomatic expressions of aggression directed against a person. The meaning of aggression is often accompanied by interjections, introductory words, particles. The analysis shows that in the Tatar linguistic culture aggression is presented as a form of verbal behavior, which is a negative emotional response of a linguistic personality. Excessive use of speech aggression in the colloquial and journalistic spheres of communication and the language of fiction negatively affects speech culture.
Keywords: Linguistic culturephraseological unitsproverbsspeech behaviorspeech aggressionTatar language
Of particular interest are the studies of the speech influence and the rules and norms of human speech activity, since the problem of a speech etiquette in the communicative process is becoming more and more relevant in the context of socio-psychological tension, a change in value orientations in modern society (Nabiullina, Denmukhametova, & Mugtasimova, 2014; Yusupova, Nabiullina, & Galimova, 2018).
The spiritual and moral formation of a person largely depends on the space of verbal communication, which is currently oversaturated with negative information (Filippova, 2009). Unfortunately, aggressiveness has become an integral component of modern culture. Linguists note, that modern speech is characterized by increased aggressiveness, including the active use of appropriate strategies and tactics of speech behavior: threats, ignoring, discrediting, abuse, lying, labeling, insulting, etc. More often, speech aggression occurs in the colloquial and journalistic spheres of communication and gets its expression in the language of fiction.
In its original sense, the term “aggression” from the Latin word “aggression” means "attack." In linguistics, there are different points of view according to the definition of the term “verbal aggression” and the variety of interpretations of this concept. The terms “verbal aggression”, “speech aggression”, “language violence”, “language demagogy”, “language manipulation” are used in different contexts and, often, their meanings are synonymous (Berkovits, 2001).
The problems of speech aggression in different directions and aspects are studied in the works of Russian and foreign linguists, psychologists, sociologists, lawyers. In linguistic science, speech aggression is considered as a method of speech exposure and relates to the field of communicative activity, communicative behavior. The theoretical basis for studying this problem is reflected in the works (Filippova, 2009; Glukhova, 2017; Kopylova, 2010; Koshkarova, 2009; Marzan, 2017; Mesropyan, 2013; Petrova & Ratsiburskaya, 2011; Shcherbinina, 2012; Prostakishina, 2014; Ufimtseva, 2010, and others). Theoretical studies on this issue show that in linguistic science, speech aggression is considered mainly as a psycholinguistic phenomenon. In defining the concept of verbal aggression, we choose the definition of Shcherbinina (2012), who characterizes verbal aggression as “offensive communication, verbal expression of negative emotion feelings and intend in an insulting gross form unacceptable in this speech situation” (p.27).
From the point of view of psychology, the very concept of aggression has different interpretations. Some people believe that aggression is an innate reaction, initially aimed at protecting the territory of the subject of aggression. Other scientists argue that it is not primarily biological, but more social origin: it expresses a desire for power in this society. It is also believed that “the verbal expression of aggression leads to temporary relief, resulting in a psychological balance and a weakening of readiness for a new aggressive act” (Fomin & Yakimova, 2012, p.197).
As a result of the analysis of theoretical literature, we came to the conclusion that one of the most important directions in the study of the problem of aggression is the study of the means of expressing verbal aggression in the communicative behavior and linguistic consciousness of people. Many linguists (Filippova, 2009; Kopylova, 2010; Mayers, 1999; Mesropyan, 2013; Ufimtseva, 2010) consider speech aggression in terms of communicative behavior and associate it with its psychological state. Petrova and Ratsiburskaya (2011) think that speech aggression is “a harsh expression of a negative emotional and evaluative attitude towards someone, something that violates the idea of ethical and aesthetic norms, as well as a glut of text with verbalized negative information, causing a painful impression on the recipient” (Petrova & Ratsiburskaya, 2011, p. 24). In some works verbal aggression is considered from the point of view of pedagogical discourse (Shcherbinina 2012). There is also a number of works devoted to the expression of speech aggression in the media discourse, in political and artistic discourse (Glukhova, 2017; Koshkarova, 2009; Marzan, 2017; Petrova & Ratsiburskaya, 2011). We believe, that studying the features of the formation and manifestation of verbal aggression in Tatar linguistic culture will reveal speech strategies and linguistic means of expressing negative emotions of a linguistic personality. The relevance of the study is due to the fact that the study of the speech act of aggression of the Tatar people allows to rethink communicative culture in a modern context and to identify typical and specific characteristics of communicative behavior of the Tatar people.
For analysis, we selected lexemes, phraseological units, epithets, metaphors, proverbs, sayings and cliched sayings with negative emotional coloring, that is, in which you can see verbal aggression and destructive behavior of a linguistic personality. To implement the research plan, a corpus of lexical and idiomatic units was compiled, the number of which exceeded 1000 units in the Tatar language. Various dictionaries of the Tatar language (a dictionary of proverbs and sayings, dictionaries with definitions and phraseological dictionaries), literary and journalistic texts served as material for the study, as well as our own observations of oral speech and written communication on the Tatar-speaking Internet. The information base for the study is the following sources: dictionary with definitions of the Tatar language of F. Ganiev (as cited in Tatar telenen anlatmaly suzlege, 2005), the Tatar-Russian phraseological dictionary of Safiullina (2001), the dictionary of Tatar proverbs and sayings of Isenbet (2010) and the written corpus of the Tatar language (Pis'mennyy korpus, 2010).
Purpose of the Study
The purpose of this article is to study the means of expressing speech aggression in Tatar linguistic culture.
The tasks therefore are:
to select and systematize lexical and idiomatic units showing speech aggression;
to study lexical and semantic ways of expressing verbal behavior of aggression;
to identify the peculiarities of speech behavior of aggression in the Tatar linguistic culture.
The methodological basis of the study is the theoretical provisions and approaches to the study of the national specifics of speech behavior, ethnocultural features of speech communication, presented in the works of leading foreign and Russian scientists. It is proposed to use a descriptive and stylistic method in order to solve the tasks. The descriptive method is represented by such techniques as the continuous sampling method, processing, interpretation method, as well as lexical and semantic analysis. The methods and approaches used in the work are determined by the complex nature of the study.
Speech aggression violates the etiquette of communicative norms and harmonious communication. Speech aggression negatively affects the verbal communication of people in different means of communication. It can be directed both at a direct insult to the interlocutor, and in relation to others. Some linguists determine that speech aggression can also be directed towards the formation of negative audience relations. In this regard, active and passive forms of direct and indirect aggressions are distinguished in the study of speech aggression. Consequently, with the help of verbal actions various negative relations are expressed: threat, insult, humiliation, reproaches and accusations, insulting and insulting jokes, negative wishes, disappointment, abuse, screaming, roaring, critical remarks.
We believe, that we can identify conceptualization and the cultural and national specifics of the aggressive behavior of a linguistic personality by studying the problem of verbal aggression in Tatar linguistic culture. In works on the study of the national identity of a person, it is established that the basis of the conflict behavior of the Tatars is the deep self-esteem of the people (Zamaletdinov, Karabulatova, Yarmakeev, & Ermakova, 2014). Saraeva (2010) says, that
Persons of the Tatar nationality have aggressiveness and its forms (physical aggression, indirect aggression, verbal aggression) have a close inverse relationship with such a quality as conscientiousness. A sense of responsibility, commitment and integrity, accuracy and thoroughness, compliance with the rules are qualities that reduce the aggressiveness of the Tatars. (p.167)
There is the Tatar wise folk saying: in a word you can hurt and kill a person. In Tatar paremias, speech aggression is revealed through communicative behaviors such as lies, gossip, quarrel and resentment:
The meaning of verbal attack, rude speech behavior, insult and threat in the Tatar linguistic consciousness is expressed by the following phraseological units:
The components of Tatar phraseological units with the meaning of an aggressive emotional state are often the following lexems:
The most common means of verbal aggression directed at active impact on the recipient, are negative expressive-evaluative lexemes, i.e, lexical units with a clearly negative connotation (Glukhova, 2017). Rude vocabulary and phraseology shows a certain attitude - intellectual and emotional primitivism, malevolence, aggressiveness.
Verbs with destructive semantics are actively used to denote insult, humiliation, nonsense, threat and aggressive appeal. These are verbs with a common meaning of destructive action (
Of particular interest is the use of colloquial insulting vocabulary, rude, colloquial expressions, including obscene words and elements with negative expressive coloring.
Injective use, i.e. insulting vocabulary causes negative emotions towards something or anyone: (
For example, -
In the Tatar language there are words with special colloquial meanings from the Russian language. This includes jargon and vulgarisms, i.e. swearing. Apresyan (1997) notes, that “the introduction of jargon and colloquial words in the sphere of the generally significant public communication” (p. 34). For example,
Based on these examples, we can claim that the use of rude colloquial vocabulary in speech has a clear intention to humiliate a person, to express an emotionally charged negative attitude towards someone. Swear words, jargons and generally stylistically reduced vocabulary are a very effective means of expressing the text, its appraisal, "intimization", and intensification of aggression.
The main means of expressing aggressive behavior in the Tatar linguistic consciousness is a metaphor. In the Tatar language idiom, the aggressive person himself is characterized by metaphors as
Among the metaphorical expressions used in a figurative meaning, the active link is a zoomorphic metaphor with
Names of animals that are used as zoomorphic metaphors give a negative assessment to humans. For example, using names of animals
In the Tatar literary language and speech
A threat can be expressed using the interrogative pronouns
Rude colloquial vocabulary can be used in a combination of auxiliary words that reinforce the meaning of aggression and create the effect of tension and irritation. The following units appear in the role of auxiliary words:
2) introductory words
The main means of expressing aggression, negative wishes in the Tatar language consciousness are idioms, i.e, mode of speech. The evil-wishing (“kargysh”) is one of the idiomatic expressions of aggression directed against a person. Examples of the curse genre, recorded orally and in writing, are widely known to the folklore of many ethnic groups. As a rule, similar paremias, based on belief in the magical power of a word, were used with a malicious purpose (Makhmutov, 2012). Such a life attitude of curses was reflected in the popular sayings:
In Tatar linguistic folklore, curses are a system of cliched sayings. Kh. Makhmutov, famous folklorist, claimed that pronouncing curses is harmful, the reason for pronouncing is offense (Makhmutov, 2012). Kryukova (2010) says that “the main purpose of such statements is to express negative attitudes towards a person by wishing him a curse” (p. 9-10). The main means of expressing a curse speech act are optative statements with the form of command and desirable moods.
Examples of the speech act of the evil-wishing are found in the language of fiction: Иаягыңкоргыры!намусымызнытаптадың (
After analyzing the corpus of collected units, we can conclude that invective vocabulary, metaphors, epithets that express insult, humiliation, nonsense, threat and aggressive emotional state of the individual occupy a special place in Tatar linguistic culture. The lexical-semantic design of aggression is often accompanied by interrogative pronouns, interjections, introductory words and particles.
The analysis shows that in the Tatar linguistic culture aggression is presented as a form of speech behavior, which is a negative emotional response of a linguistic personality. The following lexical-semantic units are the means of expressing speech aggression: colloquial insulting vocabulary and elements with negative emotionally expressive coloring (
Thus, the verbal expressions of aggression reflect the national picture of the world, the stereotypes of linguistic personality thinking and personality traits of the Tatar people. The excessive use of speech aggression in the colloquial and journalistic spheres of communication and in the language of fiction negatively affects the speech culture of the linguistic personality.
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Nabiullina, G., Yusupova, A., Khusnutdinov, R., & Khaliullina, N. (2020). The Representation Of Verbal Aggression In Tatar Linguistic Culture. In & I. Murzina (Ed.), Humanistic Practice in Education in a Postmodern Age, vol 93. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 763-771). European Publisher. https://doi.org/10.15405/epsbs.2020.11.78