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Stylistics

Stylistics refers to the study of the variability of linguistic forms in authentic language use. The study of stylistics covers a large set of phenomena and a complex range of text types and activities, especially considering the focus on style involves a speaker’s or writer’s variation in using linguistic features ranging across all linguistic levels, from phonetic and phonological forms to discourse patterns during talk and literary patterns during composition. Stylistics depends on the fact that, whether in a speaking or a writing mode, the language user can transmit the same content and even fine gradations of meaning and social appropriateness in more than one linguistic form. To appreciate this, however, one must be aware of other styles and forms of meaning transmission; this ...

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