By Giuseppina Balossi
This ebook focusses on desktop methodologies as a manner of investigating language and personality in literary texts. either theoretical and functional, it surveys investigations into characterization in literary linguistics and character in social psychology, earlier than 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 constructed via UCREL at Lancaster college. The quantitative research is supplemented by means of a qualitative research into habitual styles of metaphor. the writer concludes that those analyses effectively differentiate all six characters, either synchronically and diachronically, and claims that this system is usually appropriate to the research of character in non-literary language. The publication, written in a transparent and obtainable sort, can be of curiosity to post-graduate scholars and teachers in linguistics, stylistics, literary experiences, psychology and likewise computational methods.
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Extra resources for A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization: Virginia Woolf's The Waves (Linguistic Approaches to Literature)
In Jacob’s Room (1922), Woolf ’s third novel, the author inaugurated her new conception of character, which aimed to present it through a series of impressions “as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall […] however disconnected and incoherent in appearance […]” (Woolf  2008: 8). The narrative technique which now best suited her purpose was the interior monologue whereby the reader is conveyed the character’s “free association of ideas and impressions” (Short 1996: 316; see also Scholes et al.
41). g. g. g. using forks and knives for eating). Each may consist of a range of “tracks,” which represent different varieties of experience within the same general category. For instance, the restaurant script may include an Indian restaurant track, a take-away track and so on. A script is represented from the viewpoint of the participants and their role in the situation they are in. g. g. ” According to Schank and Abelson, in text comprehension, scripts are activated by “headers,” textual items related to specific scripts.
Other scholars such as Apter (1979: 111–132) and Peter and Margaret Havard-Williams (1953: 9–17) did the same by picking out key symbolic images recurring in words or word patterns, such as those related to death and life. 6 Psychoanalytic approaches to character Eder et al. ” These are structuralist and semiotic approaches, cognitive theories, hermeneutic and psychoanalytical approaches. This section concentrates on the last paradigm, as it has been extensively applied to the reading of Woolf ’s works.