Conventions of professional communication


The article describes communicative conventions of professional societies. The research shows that the diversity of axiological dominants of discourse forming communities determines the variety of their discourse practices. Homogeneity of professional discourse, even in professional subcultures with a high degree of ritualisation, is a non-typical phenomenon. Authentic professional discourse implies eclectic diversity of texts of various genres and styles, and discourse practices of communities are a dynamic process of subcode transitions. The authors prove that discourse practices, selected by communicative partners, succeed only in case these partners share their knowledge on pragmatic and semantic contexts of a communicative situation, its presupposition and professional thesaurus.

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communicative conventions, professional societies, axiological dominants, discourse forming communities, discourse practices, presupposition.

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