DOI: 10.18413/2313-8912-2018-4-1-3-12


The article is devoted to the identification and study of the reconstruction of ethnic and social specificity of the Edwardian era discourse features in the modern British ‘Downton Abbey’ (2010-2016) historical television series. Various definitions of the ‘discourse’, ‘film discourse’, ‘discourse of cinematography’ concepts are presented and compared. The authors’ definitions of the ‘TV-format’ and ‘TV-format discourse’ concepts are formulated and discussed. Further, such peculiarities of the TV-format discourse as discourse reconstruction and discourse of reconstruction in the TV-format are revealed and considered. The similarities and differences of the revealed features are explored through the example of the discourse in the TV-format of one of the episodes of ‘Downton Abbey’, a British historical TV-series. It is revealed that the Edwardian era reconstruction discourse in the TV-format can be seen in the reconstruction of the historical event ‘the use of electricity in everyday life’, which really happened precisely in the beginning of the XX century, and also the combination in accordance with the epoch-screened images of characters, the environment, geographical location, etc. The discourse reconstruction in the TV-format of the ‘Downton Abbey’ TV-series is presented in the dialogue form of communicants who lived in the Edwardian era. Gender, age and social differences effect the communicants’ speech. These differences are expressed in the use of certain lexemes and word combinations in the presented characters discourses.

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