The article considers the question of the correlation of the subject and research methodology of functional stylistics and discourse analysis (primarily French tradition of discourse analysis) . It takes into account the change of modern linguistics from a structural paradigm to a functional one. It states that the compared subjects refer to speech studies (speech linguistics) and account for the process of speech activity and its extra-linguistic factors. It also proposes the definition of 'discourse'. The emphasis is that unlike traditional stylistics which P. Serio distanced away from, modern works on functional stylistics are close to discourse analysis.
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