Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on the English Language in Ukrainian Context,  November  2020  Pp.132-141

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Communicative Styles through the Prism of Intersubjectivity


Iryna Sieriakova
Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Economics and Law
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Olha Chernenko
Department of Germanic and Finno-Ugrian Philology, Faculty of Germanic Philology
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Oleksandr Muntian
Department of the Russian Language and Literature, Faculty of Slavic Philology
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine

Nataliya Zhdanova
Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Economics and Law,
Kyiv National Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine




The style people communicate has a significant impact on how they get the things they want, express needs, avoid conflicts, and make healthy intersubjective relationships. The success of communication is always the shared responsibilities of both communicators – the sender and the recipient.  The article offers the theoretical assumptions and practical results of the research on the communicative correlation between the phenomenon of intersubjectivity, and the existence of the communication styles – assertive, aggressive, and submissive. The authors introduce a semiological approach to the paradigm of intersubjective processes, apply the conversation analysis to the material of English fictional discourse, and characterize the nonverbal profiles of the communication styles under investigation. The article aims at highlighting the specificity of intersubjectivity realization in different communicative styles according to the degree criterion and intensity features. The main findings of the research  reveal the intersubjectivity as a communicative style forming principle, which differently actualizes the concept of ”self and other” and manages the creation of the communicative climates (supportive or unsupportive) via verbal and nonverbal behaviors of the sender and the recipient who can or cannot demonstrate their intersubjective competence.
Keywords: Communicative style, conversation analysis, English discourse, intersubjectivity, intersubjective competence, semiological approach, verbal and nonverbal behaviors

Cite as: Sieriakova, I.,  Chernenko, O.,  Muntian, O.,  & Zhdanova, N. (2020). Communicative Styles through the Prism of Intersubjectivity. Arab World English JournalSpecial Issue on English in Ukrainian Context. 132-141.


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Iryna Sieriakova, DSc. in Philology, Professor of Linguistics at the Department of Foreign
Languages, Faculty of Economics and Law, former Vice-Rector for Studies and International
Affairs, Kyiv National Linguistic University, Ukraine. Her research interests include discourse
analysis, the pragmatics of discursive practices, non-verbal semiotics, cross-cultural studies.