The article is devoted to the study of the peculiarities of Russian judicial eloquence. The object of attention is the activity of the outstanding Russian lawyer A.F.Koni. The essence of A.F.Koni's oratorical skill is investigated in the context of his judicial practice. The contribution of A.F.Koni to the creation of the school of Russian judicial eloquence is emphasized.
The article deals with the issue of teaching the discipline "Russian language and culture of speech" in non-humanitarian universities. The article discusses the necessity of presenting scientific knowledge about language in diachronic aspect. The conclusion is made that the modern linguistic norm, facilitating its mastering, opens up to users the prospects of language development.
The article deals with one of the stages of development of the Russian rhetorical tradition associated with the rhetoric of I.S.Rizhsky. The experience of I.S.Rizhsky's rhetoric is analyzed in comparison with classical rhetoric and rhetoric of M.V.Lomonosov. The conclusion is made about the originality and innovative aspirations of I.S.Rizhsky's work, conditioned by the epoch of formation of the national literary language at the turn of the 18th - 19th centuries.