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Genera dicendi
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The system of three genera dicendi (Lat. also elocutionis genera, “types of linguistic expression”) is also called the Dreistillehre or three-style system. The term comes from classical rhetoric and governs the distinction between the stylistic levels of texts based on historically variable criteria. The term denotes the stylistic levels that identify each text. Alternative stylistic definitions were always possible, but the three-style system was the best known.

Greco-Roman rhetoric called the three different levels of discourse genus subtile/humile (“low styl…

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Andres, Jan, “Genera dicendi”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 23 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_019865>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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