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Cover Znamenskaya Т.A. Stylistics of the English Language: Fundamentals of the Course
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Stylistics of the English Language: Fundamentals of the Course

URSS. 224 pp. (English). Paperback. ISBN 978-5-484-01030-1.

 Summary

The book focuses upon the key problems of the stylistic of the English language.

It suggests the fundamentals of stylistic theory that outline such basic areas of research as expressive resources of the language, stylistic differentiation of vocabulary, varieties of the national language, and sociolinguistic and pragmatic factors that determine functional styles.

The book combines theoretical study and practice. Each chapter is supplied with a special section that enables the students to revise and process the theoretical part by drawing conclusions and parallels, doing comparison and critical analysis. Another type of practice involves creative tasks on stylistic analysis and interpretation.

The book is intended for anybody with an interest in the English language, but more specifically for students learning a course in Stylistics of the English language, to whom this book will be an essential companion.


 Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. The Object of Stylistics
 1.1. Problems of stylistic research
 1.2. Stylistics of language and speech
 1.3. Types of stylistic research and branches of stylistics
 1.4. Stylistics and other linguistic disciplines
 1.5. Stylistic neutrality and stylistic colouring
 1.6. Stylistic function notion
Practice Section
Chapter 2. Expressive Resources of the Language
 2.1. Expressive means and stylistic devices
 2.2. Different classifications of expressive means
  2.2.1. Hellenistic Roman rhetoric system.
  2.2.2. Stylistic theory and classification of expresssive means by G. Leech
  2.2.3. I. R. Galperin's classification of expressive means and stylistic devices
  2.2.4. Classification of expressive means and stylistic devices by Y. M. Skrebnev
Practice Section
Chapter 3. Stylistic Grammar
 3.1. The theory of grammatical gradation. Marked, semi-marked and unmarked structures
 3.2. Grammatical metaphor and types of grammatical transposition
 3.3. Morphological stylistics. Stylistic potential of the parts of speech
  3.3.1. The noun and its stylistic potential
  3.3.2. The article and its stylistic potential
  3.3.3. The stylistic power of the pronoun
  3.3.4. The adjective and its stylistic functions
  3.3.5. The verb and its stylistic properties
  3.3.6. Affixation and its expressiveness
 3.4. Stylistic syntax
Practice Section
Chapter 4. The Theory of Functional Styles
 4.1. The notion of style in functional stylistics
 4.2. Correlation of style, norm and function in the language
 4.3. Language varieties: regional, social, occupational
 4.4. An overview of functional style systems
 4.5. Distinctive linguistic features of the major functional styles of English
  4.5.1. Literary colloquial style
  4.5.2. Familiar colloquial style
  4.5.3. Publicist (media) style
  4.5.4. The style of official documents
  4.5.5. Scientific/academic style
Practice Section
Chapter 5. Decoding Stylistics and Its Fundamental Notions
 5.1. Stylistics of the author and of the reader. The notions of encoding and decoding
 5.2. Essential concepts of decoding stylistic analysis and types of foregrounding
  5.2.1. Convergence
  5.2.2. Defeated expectancy
  5.2.3. Coupling
  5.2.4. Semantic field
  5.2.5. Semi-marked structures
Practice Section
Test Yourself Section
Keys
Glossary for the Course of Stylistics
Sources
Dictionaries
List of Authors and Publications Quoted

 Preface

The book suggests the fundamentals of stylistic theory that outline such basic areas of research as expressive resources of the language, stylistic differentiation of vocabulary, varieties of the national language and sociolinguistic and pragmatic factors that determine functional styles.

The second chapter will take a student of English to the beginnings of stylistics in Greek and Roman schools of rhetoric and show how much modern terminology and classifications of expressive means owe to rhetoric.

An important part of the book is devoted to the new tendencies and schools of stylistics that assimilated advancements in the linguistic science in such trends of the 20th century as functional, decoding and grammatical stylistics.

The material on the wealth of expressive means of English will help a student of philology, a would-be teacher and a reader of literature not only to receive orientation in how to fully decode the message of the work of art and therefore enjoy it all the more but also to improve their own style of expression.

The chapter on functional styles highlights the importance of юtime and placeя in language usage. It tells how the same language differs when used for different purposes on different occasions in communication with different people. It explains why we adopt different uses of language as we go through our day. A selection of distinctive features of each functional style will help to identify and use it correctly whether you deal with producing or analysing a text of a certain functional type.

Chapters on grammar stylistics and decoding stylistics are intended to introduce the student to the secrets of how a stylistic device works. Modern linguistics may help to identify the nature and algorithm of stylistic effect by showing what kind of semantic change, grammatical transposition or lexical deviation results in various stylistic outcomes.

This book combines theoretical study and practice. Each chapter is supplied with a special section that enables the student and the teacher to revise and process the theoretical part by drawing conclusions and parallels, doing comparison and critical analysis. Another type of practice involves creative tasks on stylistic analysis and interpretation, such as identifying devices in literary texts, explaining their function and the principle of performance, decoding the implications they create.

The knowledge of the theoretical background of stylistic research and the experience of integrating it into one's analytical reading skills will enhance the competence and proficiency of a future teacher of English. Working with literary texts on this level also helps to develop one's cultural scope and aesthetic taste. It will also enrich the student's linguistic and stylistic thesaurus.

The author owes acknowledgements for the kindly assistance in reading and stylistic editing of this work to a colleague from the Shimer College of Chicago, a lecturer in English and American literature S.Sklar.


 About the author

Tatiana A.ZNAMENSKAYA

is the Director of the Institute of Linguistics at the Russian State Professional and Pedagogical University (Ekaterinburg, Russia), where she is professor in the Department of German Philology. Tatiana A.Znamenskaya is an active researcher. She is the author of more than 100 publications in Russia and abroad, including text books for students and teachers of philology. The areas of her scientific interests comprise stylistics, grammars, and comparative linguistics. Tatiana A.Znamenskaya has founded her own scientific school.


 
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