This paper applies the methods of text linguistics to analyse the linguistic, cognitive, and affective features of dialogue as an intertextual text type. According to current research, intertextuality is not only a basic component of post-modern literature but also an organising principle in dramatic conversations. This disquisition takes the most important elements of intertextuality into consideration and illustrates them by dialogues from contemporary Hungarian drama. The most frequent of those elements are (1) figures based on detraction: contextual or situational ellipsis and aposiopesis; (2) topic change or topic shift; and (3) direct vs. indirect speech and narrative. These factors, together with explicit and implicit references, create the intertextual cohesion of dialogue as conversation between different texts or text types
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.