Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Bulletin, 2016, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 170–181

Multy-functionality of authorized parentheses in film review texts

Gavrilova E. I. 1 (Irkutsk, Russian Federation)
1 Teachers Training Institute of Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk, Russian Federation

The article presents the author’s analysis of authorized parentheses that occur in film review text. The purpose of the article is to show multy-functionality of parentheses with reference to the source of information. It is noted that the ability of parentheses to combine several functions is based on their semantic and pragmatic possibilities: their potential to alter the modality of propositions and adjust it to viewer-reader. As a rule, the authors of film reviews do not refer to themselves, so the authorized parentheses are marked as “non-author’s parts” of the text. Using authorized parentheses the author introduces the line of director, actors, producers, movie characters, influential individuals (other critics, writers), but also refers to the vague, unreliable sources.
It is emphasized that maintaining the standardized form, the authorized parentheses, in addition to their primary function, express persuasiveness and evaluation. These references also have a pragmatic effect: they are designed for film experts (and wider – culturological ones) competence of the reader, inviting him to a culturological dialogue. The conclusion is that the author of film review marks the interpretative part of his review with authorized parenthesis, so the argumentative component enhances his text.


Authorized parenthesis, multy-functionality, authorization, persuasiveness, evaluation, modality, argumentation

Multy-functionality of authorized parentheses in film review texts

For citation:
Gavrilova E. I. Multy-functionality of authorized parentheses in film review texts. Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Bulletin, 2016, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 170–181. DOI:
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Date of the publication 10.04.2016