Maria Andreevna Samkova

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This article examines the relationship between a text structure and the perception of a text from the perspective of linguo-synergetic approach. The paper is grounded in the mathematics of harmony and the theory of intertextuality. Using the metro-rhythmic algorithm, the author reveals symmetrical and asymmetrical repetition, its vertical and horizontal types which influence text perception harmonically.

The perception of a linear text is mainly influenced by a non-linear text structure which is revealed at horizontal and vertical scales of repetition and intertextuality.

A horizontal type of repetition includes repeated rhythmic units within a coursebook. A vertical type includes lexical and syntactic repetition within one text. Being spaced in time, repetition forms a spiral, due to which a text can be easily perceived and memorized by students.

Intertextuality is divided into hypertextuality and paratextuality, presented horizontally; intextuality and architextuality, presented vertically. Intertextuality is an effective way of text interpretation, which activates students’ background knowledge.

The article has been written within the broad framework of the field of foreign language acquisition. A polilogue is a text that has intertextual inclusions, repeated lexical and syntactic structures which create a harmonic rhythm that enables key words and sentences to be recycled. Together with task-cycling and spaced retrieval, a harmonically structured polilogue makes a foreign language acquisition effective.

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