Corpus Stylistics and Dickens's Fiction

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Routledge, 2013 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 221 pages
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This book presents an innovative approach to the language of one of the most popular English authors. It illustrates how corpus linguistic methods can be employed to study electronic versions of texts by Charles Dickens. With particular focus on Dickens's novels, the book proposes a way into the Dickensian world that starts from linguistic patterns. The analysis begins with clusters, i.e. repeated sequences of words, as pointers to local textual functions. Combining quantitative findings with qualitative analyses, the book takes a fresh view on Dickens's techniques of characterisation, the literary presentation of body language and speech in fiction. The approach brings together corpus linguistics, literary stylistics and Dickens criticism. It thus contributes to bridging the gap between linguistic and literary studies and will be a useful resource for both researchers and students of English language and literature.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Corpus Stylistics
5
2 Textual Building Blocks of Fictional Worlds
26
Corpora Clusters and Lexical Bundles
42
4 Groups of Clusters for the Identification of Local Textual Functions
62
5 Character Speech
75
6 Body Language
100
7 As If and the Narrator Comment
128
Contextualising and Highlighting Functions
152
9 Conclusions and Outlook
164
Appendices
179
Notes
203
References
209
Index
219
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Michaela Mahlberg is Associate Professor in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK.

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