LINGUIST List 9.1044

Thu Jul 16 1998

Books: Stylistics

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  1. Matthew Papa, STYLISTICS


Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 11:29:11 -0400
From: Matthew Papa <>

 Joanna Thornborrow and Shan Wareing, PATTERNS IN LANGUAGE
 An Introduction to Language and Literary Style
 Patterns in Language addresses the real needs of students who may not 
 have an extensive background either in traditional literature or in 
 linguistic theory. This student-friendly textbook uses the principles 
 of linguistic analysis to investigate the aesthetic use of language in 
 literary (and non-literary) texts. Written in straightforward, 
 accessible language with imaginative examples and a humorous tone, it 
 shows how linguistic knowledge can enhance and enrich the analysis of 
 texts. The authors borrow from traditional stylistics, but focus 
 primarily on the recurring linguistic patterns which are used by 
 writers of poetry, fiction and drama. The authors draw on a wide 
 variety of textual sources to illustrate their observations, making 
 reference to both canonical literature and modern literary texts, as 
 well as to popular fiction, television and the language of 
 advertising. Exercises designed to develop the students' understanding 
 of the material are provided at every stage, and sample answers are 
 also included. 
 Routledge: 1998: 280 pp
 CL: 0 415 14063 3: #D5081: $65.00
 PB: 0 415 14064 1: #D5085: $20.99
 Jonathan Culpepper, Peter Verdonk, and Mick Short, eds., EXPLORING THE 
 From Text to Context
 Focusing on the characterization of speech as a form of action, 
 Exploring the Language of Drama introduces students to the stylistic 
 analysis of drama. Here, some of the world's leading scholars 
 demonstrate the importance of analyzing the text of drama rather than 
 focusing on performance, presenting their approaches in an engaging 
 and accessible style. The essays employ techniques from language 
 analysis (specifically discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics and 
 pragmatic) to explore the language of plays, looking at how different 
 theories and approaches can be used to help us understand 
 characterization in dialogue, the cognitive patterns that support the 
 narrative and discourse of drama, and the basic mechanisms of 
 conversation in dramatic dialogue. Each chapter ends in a summary with 
 follow-up exercises, and offers practical advice on how to analyze a 
 play extract and write it up as an assignment. 
 Routledge: 1998: 192 pp
 CL: 0 415 13794 2: #D5353: $65.00
 PB: 0 415 13795 0: #D5357: $20.99
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1998 Contributors

  • Addison Wesley Longman
  • Blackwell Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • CSLI Publications
  • Edinburgh University Press
  • Garland Publishing
  • Holland Academic Graphics (HAG)
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Oxford University Press
  • Francais Pratique
  • Routledge
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Mouton de Gruyter