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Reformatskiy and Bakhtin on Speech Genres

The M. M. Bakhtin’s work on speech genres is wellknown. However this problem was examined by other outstanding Russian scholar A. A. Reformatskiy in his book «Technical editing of a book. Theory and method of work» published in 1933 (Bakhtin’s work was written twenty years later). Unlike Bakhtin Reformatskiy studied only a part of genres – genres of books – but his classification was more detailed and fixed main features of different genres depending on the aims of their publication.


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Ivanova Ye. A. Lingvo-semioticheskaja teorija pechatnogo teksta A. A. Reformatskogo (po materialam rabot izdatel’sko-poligraficheskogo tsikla nachala 1930-kh godov) [Linguistic-semiotic theory of printed text by A. A. Reformatskiy (based on the materials of the publishing and printing cycle of the early 1930s)]. Diss. Cand. Sci. (Philol.). Moscow, 2009. 282 p. (in Russian).

Panov M. V. I vse-taki ona khoroshaja. Rasskaz o russkoj orfografii [And yet it is good. About Russian spelling]. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 1964. 171 p. (in Russian).

Reformatskiy A. A. Lingvistika i poetika [Linguistics and poetics]. Moscow, Nauka Publ., 1987. 264 p. (in Russian).

Reformatskiy A. A. Tekhnicheskaja redaktsija knigi. Teorija i metodika raboty [Technical edition of a book. Theory and methods of work]. Moscow, Gos. izd-vo legk. prom-ti, 1933. 414 p. (in Russian).

Reformatskiy A. A. Vvedenije v yazykovedenije [Introduction to Linguistics]. Moscow, Uchpedgiz Publ., 1967. 536 p. (in Russian).

Saussure F. de. Trudy po jazykoznaniju [Works on linguistics]. Moscow, Progress Publ., 1977. 695 p. (in Russian).

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