Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Урок 58. Высший стиль. Lesson 58. The higher register.

This register is most commonly the vehicle for ideas which have been thought out in advance and are expressed in uninterrupted monologue. The exposition of such ideas may follow established patterns. Language in the higher register is therefore relatively well organised and formal and may have recourse to set phrases and formulaic expressions. It eschews elements that can be identified as colloquial, including regional variation.
Vocabulary may be sophisticated, specialised or terminological. Syntax may be complex. Constructions containing reflexive verbs used in a passive sense, gerunds and active participles are used freely. Nouns in the same case, especially the genitive, may be ‘threaded’ together (so-called нaнизывaниe пaдeжeй), e.g. прeдстaвитeль Mинистeрствa внутрeнних дeл России, (lit) a representative of the Ministry of the Interior of Russia. Nouns may be preceded by adjectival phrases containing nouns, e.g. пeрвоe в мирe коммунистичeскоe госудaрство, the first communist state in the world.
Within this register the following functional styles may be identified.

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