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Style variation of intonation in intercultural communication and in the practice of teaching English 517
The article is devoted to the problems of stylistic variation of phonetic means in English oral discourse. The author gives an overview of contextual factors which influence the prosodic realisation of speech. It is demonstrated that in speech interaction the factors related to the local context (the immediate speech situation) are closely connected to the sociocultural context. The problems of phonostylistics are discussed with regard to cross-cultural communication and EFL teaching. It is argued that phonostylistics should be integrated into the course of phonetics for the students of foreign languages faculties. The author outlines some approaches to teaching the fundamentals of phonostylistics.
Keywords: phonostylistics, speaking styles, extralinguistic factors, sociocultural context, prosodic features, sociocultural competence