Slavic Languages and Literatures | Advanced Russian Syntax and Stylistics
R501 | ALL | Staff
The principal objective is to give students an overview of Russian
communicative styles and to make them familiar with their
syntactical and semantic
configurations. A focus of the class is the analysis of the primary
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
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
summaries --25% each. The final take-home exam --25% of the final
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',
3. Poetic discourse vs the academic style. System of poetic tropes.
Professional terminology of various literary approaches. R-501
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.