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Types of communicative failures in situations of international communication by Vlada Lukina, Ulyanovsk, Russia

This paper examines the existence of communicative failures in situations of international communication and their influence on people’s relations. There were a total of 75 respondents who were equally divided into age level, social status and experience of communication with foreigners. Continue reading

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The concept of beauty in different languages or beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Maria Tainkina

People say: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and there is no doubt it is true. So, what makes people define what is beautiful and what is not and, in general, see the surrounding world in different ways? It can be explained by the inner world of any particular person. We see the world through the prism of ourselves. This very prism is formed by culture features which we were brought up in. And it is very well known, that language is an inseparable part of culture. Thus, any language must reflect cultural richness of the people and each person in particular; in other words, show the way people think of different abstract and material things of the world, forming certain concepts in their minds.

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The Canterbury Tales: the Gallery of the Deadly Sins

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343-1400) – “the father of English poetry”, was one of the first who began writing not in Latin but in the vernacular. Little is known about his education, but it may be inferred from his works that he could read in Latin, French and Italian.

Chaucer’s most celebrated work is “The Canterbury Tales” (Middle English: “Tales Of Caunterbury”) [1] written in Middle English. It’s an incomplete collection of 22 verse and two prose stories, united by the general frame: the stories are told by a group of pilgrims as they travel together on a journey from Southwark to the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. According to Chaucer’s original plan, each of the pilgrims was to tell four stories (two on the outward and two on the homeward way). Continue reading

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Intonational Styles (review)

Intonation of discourse types was explored by Antonina Antipova, Russian linguist.

Informational (formal) style. When using informational style the speaker is primarily concerned that each sentence type, such as declarative or interrogative, command or request, dependent or independent, is given an unambiguous intonational identity. The sender of the message consciously avoids Continue reading

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