Year of publication 2021
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Description This entry extends the definition of cliché from its traditional understanding as a trite and stereotypical form of linguistic expression to a broader conception of any unoriginal semiotic communicative act based on the non-creative reuse of diverse formal elements that are recognizable from other contexts. The definition stresses the constitutive role of metapragmatic awareness – both its absence on the part of the producer of a cliché and its presence on the part of the recipient, who is thus able to identify the cliché. As shown by current corpus data, cliché may also be subject to a self-reflexive discussion on the level of metadiscourse by its very producer: in this role, it serves as a face-saving mechanism, namely to pre-empt the recipients’ possible negative evaluative reactions.
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