Semantic and stylistic features of English and Russian song lyrics of World War II

Вестник Московского государственного областного университета. 2019;(2):194-205 DOI 10.18384/2224-0209-2019-2-956


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Journal Title: Вестник Московского государственного областного университета

ISSN: 2224-0209 (Online)

Publisher: Moscow Region State University Editorial Office

Society/Institution: Moscow Region State University

LCC Subject Category: Political science

Country of publisher: Russian Federation

Language of fulltext: Russian

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Elena Y. YUkina (Moscow Region State University)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 10 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The aim of the article is to make a comparative review of semantics and pragmatics of Russian and English song lyrics texts of World War II. The author undertook the analysis of lyrics of about 300 songs. Emotional-expressive colouring of song lyrics and the evaluation expressed in them were described, as well as the most popular stylistic devices. It was defined that there is a number of common themes in song lyrics – love and parting, military service, hope for returning to peaceful life. The conclusion was drawn that Russian and English songs of that period are semantically and stylistically various and expressive works, where the emotional colouring and the evaluation depended on both state and individual factors.