Corpus Stylistics in Principles and Practice: A Stylistic by Yufang Ho

By Yufang Ho

In this publication, Yufang Ho compares the textual content variety distinction among the 2 types of John Fowles' The Magus, exemplifying the methodological ideas and analytic practices of the corpus stylistic approach.

The Magus was first released in 1966 and was once revised and republished by means of Fowles in 1977. Fowles' personal touch upon the second one version used to be that it used to be 'rather greater than a stylistic revision.' The booklet explores how the revised model is linguistically varied from the unique, specifically by way of standpoint (re) illustration. The corpus stylistic method followed combines qualitative and quantitative comparability to verify the general textual content variety distinction. The research demonstrates that machine assisted tools can establish major linguistic good points which literary critics haven't spotted and supply a extra targeted descriptive foundation for literary interpretation of (either variation) of the unconventional. This research of The Magus serves as a case research and exemplar of the way corpus recommendations can be used mostly within the learn of linguistics.

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As Conchis explicitly tells Nicholas, ‘you have much to learn about yourself’ and you are ‘far from your true self’ (M1, chapter 52: 371). To perceive Conchis as a moral teacher, we should not ignore his embedded narratives and their moral lessons. His compelling life story is presented as an important narrative foil to that of Nicholas. Conchis’s past experiences expose the process through which he himself has learned to know the meaning of ‘freedom’, which constitutes a parallel process of Nicholas’s learning.

The more prominent metafictional/metaphorical move in the revision consequently results in different degrees of reader involvement into the fictional world and generates different kinds of readers’ ‘emotions’ (fiction emotions and artifact emotions) between the two editions of The Magus. Before I proceed to my discussion and analysis, it is worth pointing out two important issues concerning my research at the outset. First, whatever significant linguistic patterns I identify in M2 also exist in M1, only the degree of prominence is different.

In their third step, Biber and Finegan use a statistical technique called cluster analysis to identify stance features of the texts from their corpus data. Texts that are maximally similar in their use of stance features are sorted into clusters. They interpret each cluster as one stance style by considering: (1) the predominant stance features in this cluster; (2) the situational characteristics of the texts constituting the cluster and (3) a functional analysis of individual texts. Overall, Biber and Finegan identify six major stance styles, for example, ‘emphatic expression of affect’ (texts with extensive use of Exploring The Magus Using Corpus Stylistics 27 affect markers); ‘faceless stance’ (texts marked by relative absence of all affective and evidential stance features).

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