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Wed Nov 07 2012

Books: Corpus Stylistics and Dickens’s Fiction: Mahlberg

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Date: 07-Nov-2012
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Subject: Corpus Stylistics and Dickens’s Fiction: Mahlberg
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Title: Corpus Stylistics and Dickens’s FictionSeries Title: Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

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Author: Michaela Mahlberg

Hardback: ISBN: 9780415800143 Pages: 226 Price: U.K. £ 80Hardback: ISBN: 9780415800143 Pages: 226 Price: U.S. $ 125


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.

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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