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  • Majorin, Mariikka (Helsingin yliopisto, 2008)
    Valency Realization in Short Excerpts of News Text. A Pragmatics-funded analysis This dissertation is a study of the so-called pragmatic valency. The aim of the study is to examine the phenomenon both theoretically by discussing the research literature and empirically based on evidence from a text corpus consisting of 218 short excerpts of news text from the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. In the theoretical part of the study, the central concepts of the valency and the pragmatic valency are discussed. In the research literature, the valency denotes the relation among the verb and its obligatory and optional complements. The pragmatic valency can be defined as modification of the so-called system valency in the parole, including non-realization of an obligatory complement, non- realization of an optional complement and realization of an optional complement. Furthermore, the investigation of the pragmatic valency includes the role of the adjuncts, elements that are not defined by the valency, in the concrete valency realization. The corpus study investigates the valency behaviour of German verbs in a corpus of about 1500 sentences combining the methodology and concepts of valency theory, semantics and text linguistics. The analysis is focused on the about 600 sentences which show deviations from the system valency, providing over 800 examples for the modification of the system valency as codified in the (valency) dictionaries. The study attempts to answer the following primary question: Why is the system valency modified in the parole? To answer the question, the concept of modification types is entered. The modification types are recognized using distinctive feature bundles in which each feature with a negative or a positive value refers to one reason for the modification treated in the research literature. For example, the features of irrelevance and relevance, focus, world and text type knowledge, text theme, theme-rheme structure and cohesive chains are applied. The valency approach appears in a new light when explored through corpus-based investigation; both the optionality of complements and the distinction between complements and adjuncts as defined in the present valency approach seem in some respects defective. Furthermore, the analysis indicates that the adjuncts outside the valency domain play a central role in the concrete realization of the valency. Finally, the study suggests a definition of pragmatic valency, based on the modification types introduced in the study and tested in the corpus analysis.
  • Survo, Vera (Helsingin yliopisto, 2014)
    The work is devoted to the traditional embroidery of peoples of Karelia (Olonets province),primarily of the Russians, in the context of the way of life in peasant culture. The subject of the research is the traditional embroidered textile of the peoples of Karelia as a cultural and historical phenomenon. This study is based on my fieldwork trips carried out from 1986 to 2011 in the regions of the Russian North, in addition to accessing museum collections preserved in Russia and Finland. The theoretical basis was developed by the researchers, considering the ornament as a special language of culture, a symbolic way of communication, and a thing, a rite as coded ways of expressing of myth. These codes (code of objects, code of actions), along with the verbal (verbal code) express a common meaning and are in a complex relationship. Therefore, to understand the symbolism and the features of traditional existence of embroidery and ornament, the semantics of which is capable for decoding, the author uses people's knowledge, ritual practices, folklore, etc. The use of the comparative-historical method in chronological and local-regional aspect makes it possible to compare the local Russian population groups, their relationship with the Finno-Ugric peoples, as well as to reveal the regional specificity of the embroidery of Russian population of Karelia against the all-Russian ethnic group. With consideration for local features, the author considers the material, coloration, embroidery techniques and gives the classification of ornament and semantics of traditional images. The research deals with symbolic and utilitarian functions of the technological process for the preparation of decorated canvas (from flax cultivation to finished embroidery), the use of textiles in traditional ritual practices, i.e. the historical background, at the time when the embroideries existed, is presented in detail. The manufacture of embroideries is a synthesis of practical and symbolic actions, wherein the following factors are visible: the ideas of fertility, the spinning of life's yarn, visions of the afterworld, and ability to influence the general world order. The function of the handicraft was to introduce the traditional norms and values; it contains archaic traces of transitional rituals, a form of preparation for marriage. Embroidery served as means of sacralizing space, it was a kind of incantation. The canvas personified the idea of the road and transition to other world. In the changed conditions of life the symbols of folk art are able to be actualized and to recode again. Now the traditional symbols of embroidery as part of the cultural heritage of the peoples of Karelia are subject to yet another actualization and recoding, acquiring new configurations, meanings and means for their execution. Although ritual gift exchange figures prominently in Karelian traditions, certain ancestral objects (icons, cloths, etc), which would be categorized as inalienable because of their distinct sacred significance, are kept out of the giving process. Nowadays, traditions as such have a corresponding significance in the transmission of cultural memory.