Slavic Languages and Literatures | Adv Russian Syntax & Stylistics I
R501 | 20660 | Staff

Class objective:
The principal objective is to give students an overview of Russian
functional communicative styles and to make them familiar with their
syntactical  and semantic configurations. A focus of the class is the
analysis of the primary  sources. English translations are banned from
this course, all references are given  to the original. Texts (R-501
collection) are available from the University Copy  Center. Each
thematical issue includes exercises, individual oral presentations,
and written summaries of the subject. For every thematic cluster,
every student  will be asked to make one formal in-class presentation
of approx. 10 mins.  length. and to produce its written summary of
approx. 4 pages length. The final grade  for the course is cumulative.
Grades are based upon the following rationale: Quizzes and weekly
discussions--25% Oral presentations--25% Written summaries --25%
each. The final take-home exam --25% of the final grade.

The main thematic clusters of the course:
1.        Dominant functional styles of contemporaty Russian  Texts
and textbooks:  D. Rozental', Prakticheskaia stilistika, R-501
2.        Russian colloquial styles: varieties of emotional and
evaluative  connotations in Russian phraseology  Texts and textbooks:
Rozental', R-501 collection.
3.        Poetic discourse vs the academic style. System of poetic
tropes.  Professional terminology of various literary approaches.
R-501 collection
4.        Compound and coordinated sentences Stylistical synonymy.
5.        Stylistical patterns of contemporary Russian media (radio,
TV,  newspapers.) Prepositions and conjunctions in  time-spatial
constructions.  Rozental', R-501 collection.
6.        Literary stylization. R-501 collection
7.        Varieties of Russian rhetorical styles  R-501 collection.