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General characteristics of the literary language in Muscovite Rus’. Business language in Muscovite Rus’
The written business language of Muscovite Rus’ is characterised. That was the so-called writ language. Main linguistic characteristics of business documents are studied i.e. the set of lexical, word-formation and syntactic devices of the typical contracts, land granting documents, spiritual documents, applications and bills of sales. The language of "Domostroy" (Domestic Order),a significant 16th century text, is characterised. The place of the language of business documents is defined in the system of the written language in Muscovite Rus’. The individual style of tsar Ivan IV's (Ivan the Terrible) messages is characterised. The reflection of the language situation in that style is also studied.
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