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Лингвистические параметры стилистического варьирования в биографическом тексте (на материале биографий Уинстона Спенсера Черчилля)

Biographies are used in teaching a wide range of subjects, thus representing a universal type of material that can be valuable in a TESL classroom. The benefits of this study bear relevance to assessing writing strategies that may be used by experts in a variety of fields of inquiry. The article focuses on assessing stylistic variation in biographical texts in English, using the material of a number of highly acclaimed biographies of Sir Winston Spencer Churchill. The article contains an analysis of the conceptual and linguistic parameters of stylistic variation in biographical texts (based on modern biographies of W.S. Churchill written by authors for whom English is their first language). The study considers a number of linguistic levels: morphology and vocabulary – in connection with the kinds of inherent and adherent connotations conveyed; minor and major kinds of syntax are studied in relation to the stylistic neutrality and non-neutrality of the units under investigation. The functioning of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs is analyzed in order to establish the type of general conceptual characteristics the texts demonstrate. A specialized and non-emotional type of content is based on the predominance of formal, specialized connotations; an emotional and non-specialized type of content is, on the contrary, constituted by emotional, expressive and evaluative connotations. The analytic technique developed shows that there is a correlation between the conceptual characteristics of a biographical text and the kind of argumentation it contains. The specialized and non-emotional type of content correlates with arguments supported by factual data; the emotional and non-specialized type corresponds to arguments lacking references to other sources. The results of the analysis undertaken can be applied to making courses on stylistics of the English and other languages. The conclusions can be used to outline a writing strategy for professional journalists, historians, writers, politicians, economists, etc.