Communicative Strategy of Speech Act Invitation in English Discourse
The report presents the results of research into the speech act of invitation performed in English discourse. The analysis focuses on the language means of expressing an invitation in different communicative situations, special emphasis being placed on the communicative strategy of distancing which is used with the aim of softening unambiguous invitations. The empiric material for our investigation was selected from authentic works of English-speaking writers of the 21-st century, to be more precise, from the novels by Joan Rowling and Richelle Mead. The research is conducted within the framework of communicative linguistics, the theory of speech acts and pragmalinguistics.