Peculiarities of prose style

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After six months of deliberation, the committee decided

1. that the proposed research did not pose a serious health hazard to the surrounding community;

2. that the potential benefits of the research significantly outweighed the potential risks; and

3. that

the research should be allowed to proceed without further delay.

16. Question Marks

16.1 Use a question mark at the end of an interrogative element within (as well as at the end of) a sentence:

He asked himself, "How am I going to pay for all of this?" and looked hopefully at his father.

17. Exclamation Points

17.1 Use exclamation points sparingly; too many of them will dull your effect (compare 9.1).

18. Multiple Punctuation

18.1 In most cases, when two marks of punctuation are called for at the same location in a sentence, only the stronger mark is used (see, for example, 13.3). An abbreviating period, however, is never omitted unless the abbreviation is immediately followed by a terminating period. Other exceptions include 5.1c.


Brief outline of the most characteristic features of the five language styles and their variants will show that out of the member of features which are easily discernible in each of the styles, some should be considered primary and others secondary, some obligatory, others optional, some constant, others transitory. One of the five language styles is A PROSEstyle.

In this Course paper we have investigated:

1. The stylistic features of functional styles

2. The linguistic features of functional styles.

3. Language peculiarities of English PROSE style.

4. Language peculiarities of a substyle of PROSE style- otatorical one.

Functional style is thus to be regarded as the product of a certain concrete task set by the sender of the message. Functional styles appear mainly in the literary standard of a language. Each functional style may be characterized by a number of distinctive features leading or subordinate, constant or changing, obligatory pr optional. Each functional style subdivided into a number of substyles. Each variety has basic features common to all the varieties of the given function style and peculiar features typical of this variety alone. Still a substyle can, in some cases, deviate so far from the invariant that in its extreme it may even break away.

The oratorical s ty l e of language is the oral subdivision of the publicistic style. It has already been pointed out that persuasion is the most obvious purpose of oratory.

Direct contact with the listeners permits a combination of the syntactical, lexical and phonetic peculiarities of both the written and spoken varieties of language. In its leading features, however, oratorical style belongs to the written variety of language, though it is modified by the oral form of the utterance and the use of gestures. Certain typical features of the spoken variety of speech present in this style are: direct address to the audience (ladies and gentlemen, honourable member(s), the use of the 2nd person pronoun you, etc.), sometimes contractions I’ll, won't, haven't, isn't and,others) and the use of colloquial words.

This style is evident in speeches on political and social problems of the day, in orations and addresses on solemn occasions, as public weddings, funerals and jubilees, in sermons and debates and also in the speeches'of counsel and judges in courts of law.


1. Linda Jorgensen. Real-World Newsletters (1999)

2. Mark Levin. The Reporter's Notebook : Writing Tools for Student Journalists (2000)

3. Allan M. Siegal and William G. Connolly. The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage: The Official Style Guide Used by the Writers and Editors of the World's Most Authoritative Newspaper, (2002)

4. M. L. Stein, Susan Paterno, and R. Christopher Burnett, The Newswriter's Handbook Introduction to Journalism (2006)

5. Steve Peha and Margot Carmichael Lester, Be a Writer: Your Guide to the Writing Life (2006)

6. Andrea Sutcliffe. New York Public Library Writer's Guide to Style and Usage, (1994)

7. Crystal D. Investigating English Style. Longman’s 1969.

8. Galperin I.R. “Stylistics” M., 1977

9. Kukharenko V.A. “A book of practice in stylistics” M., 1986

10. “Essays on Style and language” Ed. by R. Towler. L., 1967

11. “Essays in Modern Stylistics” Ed. by D.C. Freeman. L – N.Y. 1981

[1] Linda Jorgensen. Real-World Newsletters (1999)

[2] Allan M. Siegal and William G. Connolly. The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage: The Official Style Guide Used by the Writers and Editors of the World's Most Authoritative Newspaper, (2002)

[3] Stilstudien, 1928, and Romanische Stil- und Literaturstudien, 1931


[5] Le Style des Pléiades de Gobineau (1957), "Criteria for Style Analysis" (1959) "Stylistic Context" (1960)

[6] Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson

[7] Noam Chomsky Syntactic Structures, 1957

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