Religious patterns in contemporary rhetorical discourse
Boris, Ludmila A.
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The article shows the underlying religious patterns of composing a model persuasive speech. We analyze the levels of invention and argumentation, location and structuring, the wording and decoration of a text as well as the delivery of it, from the perspective of modern Russian rhetoric. Intonation contours which unconsciously copy the religious style are illustrated with Yuri Levitan’s recitations and modern rock songs. Religious patterns were preserved in the Soviet times of declaratory atheism. These models continue to be out of the official ideology. Religious symbolism can mimic, but remains essentially stable. Patterns resonate in the hearts of listeners who live in the modern cynical and pragmatic world.
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