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Language and Literature. A Corpus Stylistic Approach to Charles Dickens

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  • 24 Nombre de pages
Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Os... Lire la suite
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Osnabrück, language: English, abstract: Early Corpus linguistics and stylistics began with Chomsky's approach to language. He explicitly stated that there are three levels of adequacy upon which grammatical and linguistic theories can be evaluated: observational adequacy, descriptive adequacy and explanatory adequacy . This "revolution" through Chomsky founded the basis for corpus-based analysis, a method which uses adequate examples to give introspection how a language works and how it is used by different authors. Corpus-based analysis offers new insights into studies of language and new computer tools and software make it possible to get access to a wide range of electronic corpora. In my research paper I will carry out a corpus stylistic approach to the language of 19th century author Charles Dickens. This means that I will basically focus on his special register and investigate his use of particular clusters as recurrent combinations of words used in his corpus. Furthermore, I will focus on A Christmas Carol (1843) as an exemplifying novel of how language patterns are used by Dickens. This masterpiece has the smallest number of words of all his novels, namely 28.541 , which renders it a special challenge to analyse. Moreover, it hasn't been analysed by many corpus linguists before which puts A Christmas Carol in the light of a nearly unexamined piece of art ready to explore. My thesis which will be developed in the following chapters would be that Dickens's novels, especially A Christmas Carol, provide a unit of meaning, their own worlds of text, in which Dickens's unique style can be sifted out, providing recurring clusters which offer a corpus work based on effective comparison. To enter the deep analysis to provide a well-worked out research paper I will start with a description and findings of corpus analysis. Secondly, I will spend a chapter on three-, four- and five-word clusters in the Dickens Corpus and especially A Christmas Carol with particular focus on five-word clusters. Moreover, I will introduce the five categories of labels, body part, speech, time and place and as if clusters and examine these categories in Dickens's Great Expectations (1861) and A Christmas Carol as two examples of a contrastive analysis. I will finish my work by concluding my previous discoveries.

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Titre: Language and Literature. A Corpus Stylistic Approach to Charles Dickens
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Code EAN: 9783656416999
ISBN: 978-3-656-41699-9
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 24
Poids: 49g
Taille: H2mm x B210mm x T148mm
Année: 2013
Auflage: 1. Auflage.

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