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The Differentiation of Taxonomic Units in English Diplomatic Discourse
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Abstract. English diplomatic discourse is studied as the functional environment of terms utilized in the sphere of diplomacy. The comprehensive analysis of this discourse involves a proposed differentiation based on the taxonomic units of genre, register, and text type. English diplomatic discourse as a whole has been divided into three genres: diplomatic correspondence, diplomatic texts with a high degree of standardization, and oral diplomatic genres. The paper singles out two types of registers―the register of parity and the register of command―and analyzes the correlation of the registers and genres of English diplomatic discourse. The type of text is investigated as one of the main taxonomic units. Contractual, informative, instructive, argumentative, regulatory, authoritarian, and courtesive types of texts are singled out. This division of diplomatic texts is performed on the basis of the communicative-pragmatic criterion, the criterion of sphere, and the criterion of intertextuality. It is demonstrated how frequency of occurrence of certain terms plays a significant role in associating diplomatic discourse texts with specific types. Data are provided with regard to the correlation of text types and genres of diplomatic communication. The proposed differentiation of English diplomatic texts in terms of taxonomic units suggests that the type of text is a fragment of discourse, and that the discourse of each genre is heterogeneous with regard to the types of texts that occur in it.

            Key words: diplomatic communication, diplomatic discourse, genre, taxonomic unit, term, text type.

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