LINGUIST List 19.842

Thu Mar 13 2008

Books: Discourse Analysis/Text&Corpus Ling/Socioling: Studer

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        1.    Simone Gilson, Historical Corpus Stylistics: Studer

Message 1: Historical Corpus Stylistics: Studer
Date: 13-Mar-2008
From: Simone Gilson <>
Subject: Historical Corpus Stylistics: Studer
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Title: Historical Corpus Stylistics Subtitle: Media, Technology and Change Series Title: Corpus and Discourse Published: 2008 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Patrick Studer Hardback: ISBN: 0826494307 9780826494306 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

Using data from a newspaper corpus, this book offers the first empiricalstudy into the development of style in early mass media. The book analyseshow news discourse was shaped over time by external factors, such as thehistorical context, news production, technological innovation and currentaffairs, and as such both conformed to and deviated from genericconventions. In this analysis, media style appears as a dynamic conceptwhich is highly sensitive to innovative approaches towards making news notonly informative but also entertaining to read. This cutting edge surveywill be of interest to academics researching corpus linguistics, mediadiscourse and stylistics.

"Patrick Studer is one of the world's leading experts in early Englishnewspapers. He has an intimate and detailed knowledge of both their contentmatters and their stylistic peculiarities. In this book he provides a richand detailed introduction to these newspapers within their historical andsocio-cultural context and he develops a set of sophisticatedcorpus-stylistic tools necessary for their analysis. There is a lot tolearn not only about newspapers in eighteenth-century England but alsoabout the English language at the turning point from Early Modern Englishto Present-day English." - Professor Andreas H. Jucker, Professor of English Linguistics at theUniversity of Zurich, Switzerland

"This is an outstanding book: theoretically and methodologically innovativeyet well-anchored in the literature; wide-ranging yet systematic anddetailed. It makes a real contribution to diverse fields. It sheds lighton how corpus-based approaches can be deployed in the study of style, howstyles interact with their social and pragmatic contexts and how change instyle comes about ... All this is written up in polished prose." - Dr Jonathan Culpeper, University of Lancaster, UK

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis                             Sociolinguistics                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng )

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