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Investigating Dickens' Style
A Collocational Analysis
 
 
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27 Apr 2004
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Investigating Dickens' Style aims to provide new and profound insights into Dickens' language and style through the corpus-based study of collocation. A resource for Dickens' and literary stylistics researchers, the study makes use of the 4.6 million-word Dickens corpus to examine in detail Dickens' linguistic innovation, and offers a nuanced understanding of his use of language to achieve stylistic ends. At the centre of the study is a close analysis of the two narratives in Bleak House, read as a focal point for consideration of Dickens' stylistic development through his whole writing life. This book puts forward a new corpus-driven approach to the study of the language and style of literary texts.


Description

Investigating Dickens' Style aims to provide new and profound insights into Dickens' language and style through the corpus-based study of collocation. A resource for Dickens' and literary stylistics researchers, the study makes use of the 4.6 million-word Dickens corpus to examine in detail Dickens' linguistic innovation, and offers a nuanced understanding of his use of language to achieve stylistic ends. At the centre of the study is a close analysis of the two narratives in Bleak House, read as a focal point for consideration of Dickens' stylistic development through his whole writing life. This book puts forward a new corpus-driven approach to the study of the language and style of literary texts.


Reviews

'Combining quantitative computer-generated evidence with discriminating analysis, Hori offers many new insights into Dickens's style. Comparisons with other novelists enable him to establish incontrovertible claims for Dickens's distinctiveness, even as comparisons between Dickens's own works, and between the two narratives of Bleak House, provide fascinating results. This is a pioneering book in stylistic analysis, and a valuable contribution to the study of Dickens.' - Paul Schlicke, President of the International Dickens Fellowship
'This well-documented book ofers a thorough, fresh outlook on the much-discusses question of Dickens's style.' - Cercles


Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Foreword; J.E.Joseph
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION - THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
A Short History of the Study of Collocation
Collocation in Literary Language
Chronological Change of Collocation
Collocation in Dickens
Definition of Collocation
Corpus Data and Software
Outline of the Book
PART TWO: COLLOCATION IN DICKENS
Familiar Collocations
Creative Collocations
Collocations and First Citations from Dickens in the OED
PART THREE: CASE STUDY - COLLOCATIONS IN BLEAK HOUSE
Highest-Frequency Content-Words and their Collocations in Bleak House and the Dickens Corpus
Comparison of Usual Collocations between Esther's and the Third-Person Non-dialogues
Usual Collocations Peculiar to Esther's Non-dialogue
Usual Collocations Peculiar to the Third-Person Non-dialogue
Unusual Collocations of Esther's Narrative and the Third-person Narrative
Conclusion
Collocations and Characters
Mind Styles of the First-Person Narrators in Terms of Collocations: Esther, David and Pip
New Compound Words as Collocation
Appendices 1-5
Bibliography
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Words and Collocations in Dickens


Authors

MASAHIRO HORI is Professor of English Linguistics and Stylistics at Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan. He co-authored a series of books, My Word, with Gerald Sullivan, and co-translated Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Roderick Random in Japanese.