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Title: Narrative Progression in the Short Story
Subtitle: A corpus stylistic approach
Written By: Michael Toolan
Series Title: Linguistic Approaches to Literature 6

One of our most valuable capacities is our ability partly to predict what
will come next in a text. But linguistic understanding of this remains very
limited, especially in genres such as the short story where there is a
staging of the clash between predictability and unpredictability. This book
proposes that a matrix of narrativity-furthering textual features is
crucial to the reader's forming of expectations about how a literary story
will continue to its close. Toolan uses corpus linguistic software and
methods, and stylistic and narratological theory, in the course of
delineating the matrix of eight parameters that he sees as crucial to
creating narrative progression and expectation. The book will be of
interest to stylisticians, narratologists, corpus linguists, and short
story scholars.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027233381
ISBN-13: 9789027233387
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027290618
Prices: Europe EURO 99.00
U.S. $ 149.00