Types of Hybridity in Computer-Mediated Communication

The article deals with different types of hybridity as a global category of computer-mediated communication. In the article hybridity is defined as a mixture of orthographical, lexical, syntactical, stylistic, semiotic and genre forms in one linguistic unit (word, sentence or text).

Competition Between Capital and Lower-case Letters in the Modern Russian Language

The article is dedicated to the modern problems of the use of a capital letter in compound names of authorities, the state documents and positions. The main reasons for the developed diarchy in the spelling rules are revealed in the article. The use of a capital letter as the instrument of creating a hierarchy is also considered. The samples from newspaper texts and specialized legal reference books are offered as illustrations.

Major Tendencies in the Development of Formal and Informal Communication

The article deals with the research of modern tendencies of language development. Special attention is given to the processes of democratization, to the penetration of informal communication principles into traditionally formal spheres. Negative consequences of speech liberation and of a careless attitude to language usage are identified.

Syncretism of Discursive Words

In the article, dedicated to the research of the syncretism of discursive words (discursives) of the Russian scientific speech, alongside the two main types of discursive words – regulators and organizers – syncretic types, combining different types of information – discursive and regulatory, factual, pragmatic and grammatical, discursive and regulatory – are singled out.

Development of Word-formation Types Specialization in the Word-formation Category «Formation/acquisition of an Attribute»

The article presents the interrelation and coordination of different word-formation types within the boundaries of one word-formation category. The study of such word-formation structures reveals their lexico-semantic potential and factors directing the formation and development of lexical meanings of derived words.

Bible Text as a Generator of Precedence: The Book of Jonah

The article considers the issues related to the text of the Bible as a precedent phenomenon in the Russian and European literature on the example of the Book of Jonah and its key concepts.

Non-Native Accent Placement Choice Strategy in the Conditions of Natural and Artificial Bilingualism

The article discusses the phonetic research of intonation nucleus location in the English speech of the Mexicans learning English in the conditions of natural linguistic environment, and in the speech of the Russian learners who find themselves in the situation of artificial bilingualism.

The Addressee Role in Multidimensional Prosess of Communication (in the Interview Genre)

In the article the multidimensional process of communication is considered in the light of spatial relationship of communicants and the types of addressees in the interview genre; it is attempted to create a molecular 3D model of communication.

Communicative and Discoursive Aspect of the Study of the Symbol of Culture (based on the novel «The Joy Luck Club» by Amy Tan)

The article discusses the issues related to the problems of communicative-discoursive variation of symbols of culture in the fictional text. The material of the research is the novel «The Joy Luck Club» by the modern American writer of the Chinese origin Amy Tan.

Synonymic Context as a Factor in the Historical Development of Lexical Semantics

This article considers the historical aspect of the interaction between lexical semantics and discourse. A special emphasis is put on the role of discourse determined synonymic rows in the evolution of the meaning of lexical units. The material of the research is represented by English, French and Spanish medieval written records.