By Elena Semino
This booklet combines stylistic research with corpus linguistics to current an leading edge account of the phenomenon of speech, writing and concept presentation - in most cases known as 'speech reporting' or 'discourse presentation'.This new account relies on an intensive research of a quarter-of-a-million observe digital choice of written narrative texts, together with either fiction and non-fiction. The booklet contains special discussions of: the development of this corpus of past due twentieth-century written British narratives taken from fiction, newspaper information stories and (auto)biographies the improvement of a guide annotation procedure for speech, writing and idea presentation and its software to the corpus. The findings of a quantitive and qualitative research of the kinds and services of speech, writing and inspiration presentation within the 3 genres represented within the corpus. The findings of the research of a variety of particular phenomena, together with hypothetical speech, writing and concept presentation, embedded speech, writing and proposal presentation and ambiguities in speech, writing and inspiration presentation. case experiences focusing on particular texts from the corpus. Corpus Stylistics exhibits how stylistics, and text/discourse research extra mostly, can enjoy the use of a corpus method and the authors' leading edge method ends up in a extra trustworthy and entire categorisation of the varieties of speech, writing and idea presentation than were steered up to now. This book is crucial analyzing for linguists attracted to the components 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.
In dealing with such a broad category from a corpus perspective, however, we needed to identify its main strata (Biber 1993), and decide which of these we would aim to include in our corpus alongside prose fiction. First, we decided to restrict ourselves to written narratives, as opposed to oral or multimodal narratives. Second, we decided to restrict our focus both linguistically (by selecting texts written in British English) and temporally (by selecting texts published in the twentieth century, preferably towards the end of the century).
Introduction 17 discovered. De Haan (1996) uses a corpus of seven complete popular fiction texts to examine patterns of dialogue in fiction. Five of these texts are those in the TOSCA corpus which Oostdijk extracted his samples from, and two other texts (from the Nijmegen corpus) are added. De Haan compares sentences in these novels which contain (i) direct speech (Oostdijk’s ‘reported utterance’) alone, (ii) direct speech and a ‘reporting utterance’ together and (iii) ‘the sentences that contain no speech at all, and can be taken to be purely descriptive’ (De Haan 1996: 26).