FUNCTIONS OF THE TEXT GENRES REFERRING TO FUTURE
The paper deals with a group of text genres in contemporary Polish, like 'prognoza' (forecast), 'przepowiednia, proroctwo' (prophecy), 'wrózba' (augury) and 'horoskop' (horoscope). These genres are deeply set in culture and their specificity is perfectly identified in social linguistic conciousness. The most general definition of the five genres can be as follows: 'I know that Y will happen/ I say this because I think you want to know, what will happen'. The two characteristic features of these genres are: 1) all events presented are situated in the future, after the act of lingual performance of these text; 2) primarily informational character ot texts. All these genres, being assertives referring to the future, can be called 'predictional genres'. Even though they have their roots in magic and religion, nowadays they function also in other parts of social life, i.e. in science and popular culture. Prophecy, horoscope and augury in magic or astrology have mostly informatic and therapeutic functions. When they occur in popular culture, the ludic function plays a part, and the informatical funtion is suspended.
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