By Giuseppina Balossi
This e-book focusses on desktop methodologies as a fashion of investigating language and personality in literary texts. either theoretical and sensible, it surveys investigations into characterization in literary linguistics and character in social psychology, prior to accomplishing a computational research of Virginia Woolf’s experimental novel The Waves. Frequencies of grammatical and semantic different types within the language of the six talking characters are analyzed utilizing Wmatrix software program built through UCREL at Lancaster collage. The quantitative research is supplemented by way of a qualitative research into routine styles of metaphor. the writer concludes that those analyses effectively differentiate all six characters, either synchronically and diachronically, and claims that this system can be acceptable to the research of character in non-literary language. The booklet, written in a transparent and obtainable type, might be of curiosity to post-graduate scholars and teachers in linguistics, stylistics, literary experiences, psychology and likewise computational ways.
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Italians are lazy;’ see also Andersen et al. 1990: 192–201; Hamilton and Gifford 1976: 392–407). Knowledge about social categories is used by individuals in their perception of others. g. g. g. g. to seduce somebody). Social role categories: These include knowledge about people’s social functions. g. g. g. friends, partners, lovers, colleagues). Group membership categories: These include knowledge about social groups: sex, race, class, age, nationality, religion, and so on. In forming our impressions of people, we do not rely only on our schematic knowledge, that is on conceptually driven, or top-down, processes.
Textual cues) and knowledge drawn top-down from schemata are complementary and useful for a meaningful interpretation of text content (McVee et al. : 357). 3 Stylistic approaches to characterization What is the difference between people in a novel and people like the novelists or like you, or like me, or Queen Victoria? M. 1), one of the major points of discussion in the literary theory of character is whether it should be viewed as resembling a real individual or as representing a function in the text.
These qualities achieve the effect of rendering the characters’ experience of life as fluxlike, but at the same time they make reading extremely difficult (Van Buren Kelley 1973: 145). Graham (1975: 96–98; see also Bishop 1991: 98; Hussey 1995: 358) notes that the presence of a sense of immediacy in the characters’ thoughts lies in the use of 13 14 A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization the present tense that is consistently employed throughout the soliloquies, except for Bernard’s summing-up in which the predominant mode is that of the past tense.