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By Elena Semino

ISBN-10: 0415286697

ISBN-13: 9780415286695

This e-book combines stylistic research with corpus linguistics to current an cutting edge account of the phenomenon of speech, writing and concept presentation - quite often often called 'speech reporting' or 'discourse presentation'.This new account relies on an in depth research of a quarter-of-a-million notice digital choice of written narrative texts, together with either fiction and non-fiction. The booklet contains unique discussions of: the development of this corpus of past due twentieth-century written British narratives taken from fiction, newspaper information studies and (auto)biographies the improvement of a handbook annotation process for speech, writing and suggestion presentation and its software to the corpus. The findings of a quantitive and qualitative research of the types and features of speech, writing and notion presentation within the 3 genres represented within the corpus. The findings of the research of a number of particular phenomena, together with hypothetical speech, writing and notion presentation, embedded speech, writing and inspiration presentation and ambiguities in speech, writing and notion presentation. case experiences focusing on particular texts from the corpus. Corpus Stylistics exhibits how stylistics, and text/discourse research extra in most cases, can enjoy the use of a corpus method and the authors' cutting edge process leads to a extra trustworthy and accomplished categorisation of the kinds of speech, writing and proposal presentation than were urged to this point. This book is crucial interpreting for linguists drawn to the parts of stylistics and corpus linguistics.

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This is paralleled in the (auto)biography section, where the biography texts are, of course, all third-person narratives and the autobiography texts are all first-person narratives. As news reports are normally only written in the third-person form, this further subdivision could not be made with respect to the newspaper data. We decided to take our corpus extracts from genres which can be subsumed under the broad category of ‘narrative’. Novels and short stories, which had been our main area of study at the point we began to develop our corpus, clearly fall into this category, and we were interested in seeing how well a categorization system developed mainly to deal with fictional narrative coped with other comparable text types.

Apart from anything else, this distinction has concrete manifestations, such as the design of front covers and the physical positioning of books in bookshops and libraries. As we shall see, this also applies to the (auto)biography genre, though perhaps in a less obvious way. We therefore took the popular/serious opposition as part of the stratification of the target population of our corpus, since we felt that ignoring it could have resulted in a biased or unbalanced choice of texts. More importantly, we regarded the popular and serious sub-genres as cultural categories that our study would enable us to examine empirically (see also Biber 1990), especially by comparing the use and frequency of different categories of SW&TP across the popular/serious divide in our corpus.

This enabled us to achieve a coherent set of data, and also to overcome the practical problem that individual news stories are usually much shorter than 2,000 words (the length we were aiming at for each text sample). For each of the sampling periods, we selected prominent stories that were covered in at least three different newspapers. We then extracted from each individual newspaper a set of reports of these stories that, together, reached a total word count of approximately 2,000 words (again, we erred on the side of going slightly over 2,000 words rather than under).

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