Corpus Linguistics in Literary Analysis: Jane Austen and her by Bettina Fischer-Starcke

By Bettina Fischer-Starcke

"Corpus Linguistics and The learn of Literature" offers a theoretical creation to corpus stylistics and likewise demonstrates its program by means of offering corpus stylistic analyses of literary texts and corpora. the 1st a part of the publication addresses theoretical matters equivalent to the connection among subjectivity and objectivity in corpus linguistic analyses, standards for the review of effects from corpus linguistic analyses and in addition discusses devices of which means in language. the second one a part of the e-book takes this conception and applies it to "Northanger Abbey" through Jane Austen and to 2 corpora including: Austen's six novels; and texts which are modern with Austen. The analyses display the effect of varied positive factors of textual content on literary meanings and the way corpus instruments can extract new serious angles. This e-book should be a key learn for higher point undergraduates and postgraduates operating in corpus linguistics and in stylistics on linguistics and language stories classes. The editorial board contains: Paul Baker (Lancaster), Frantisek Cermak (Prague), Susan Conrad (Portland), Geoffrey Leech (Lancaster), Dominique Maingueneau (Paris XII), Christian Mair (Freiburg), Alan Partington (Bologna), Elena Tognini-Bonelli (Siena and TWC), Ruth Wodak (Lancaster), and Feng Zhiwei (Beijing). "The Corpus and Discourse" sequence involves strands. the 1st, "Research in Corpus and Discourse", gains cutting edge contributions to numerous facets of corpus linguistics and a variety of purposes, from language know-how through the instructing of a moment language to a background of mentalities. the second one strand, "Studies in Corpus and Discourse", is made from key texts bridging the distance among social stories and linguistics. even supposing both academically rigorous, this strand could be aimed toward a much wider viewers of lecturers and postgraduate scholars operating in either disciplines.

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In addition, copyright regulations limit the number of texts available for corpus stylistic analyses as they forbid storing entire works in electronic form for 70 years after their author’s death. Only those texts that do not fall under the copyright or for which permission has been given can be stored and analysed electronically. This means that recently published texts are usually not available for corpus linguistic research. This is one of the reasons for preferring older works in corpus stylistics to more recent ones (cf.

2 The relationship between frequency and significance in corpus linguistics The assumption of a correlation between the frequency of a linguistic feature and its significance in a text or corpus is one of the basic principles of corpus linguistics (cf. Sinclair 1991 among others). It means that the typical usage of a word is its conventional usage (Hanks 1987) which is part of its meaning. The typical usage of a word is established by analysing a large number of texts, since ‘[m]ultiple evidence from independent sources is necessary to be valid as evidence for conventionality’ (132).

In the data, the asterisk (*) is replaced by various words. Both 4-grams and 4-frames are a means of organizing information and structuring the data. They contribute to, among other things, characterizing places in NA. The data analysed in this chapter is NA, Austen and ContempLit. In Chapter 7 Text segmentation, the distribution of keywords from NA and Austen is used as a basis for segmenting the two sets of data into their constituent parts. This segmentation is based on the assumption that textual units are defined by a common content, which is manifest in lexical cohesion.

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