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Exploring the Language of Drama : From Text to Context - Jonathan Culpeper

Exploring the Language of Drama

From Text to Context

By: Jonathan Culpeper (Editor), Mick Short (Editor), Peter Verdonk (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th May 1998
ISBN: 9780415137959
Number Of Pages: 192

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Exploring the Language of Drama introduces students to the stylistic analysis of drama. Written in an engaging and accessible style, the contributors use techniques of language analysis, particularly from discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics and pragmatics, to explore the language of plays.
The contributors demonstrate the validity of analysing the text of a play, as opposed to focusing on performance. Divided into four broad, yet interconnecting groups, the chapters:
* open up some of the basic mechanisms of conversation and show how they are used in dramatic dialogue
* look at how discourse analysis and pragmatic theories can be used to help us understand characterization in dialogue
* consider some of the cognitive patterns underlying dramatic discourse
* focus on the notion of speech as action.
there is also a chapter on how to analyse an extract from a play and write up an assignment.

Notes on contributors
Introductionp. 1
From dramatic text to dramatic performancep. 6
Turn management in dramap. 19
Odd talk: studying discourses of incongruityp. 34
Implicature, convention and The Taming of the Shrewp. 54
Accessing character through conversation: Tom Stoppard's Professional Foulp. 67
(Im)politeness in dramatic dialoguep. 83
'Catch[ing] the nearest way': Macbeth and cognitive metaphorp. 96
Three models of power in David Mamet's Oleannap. 112
'Unhappy' confessions in The Crucible: a pragmatic explanationp. 128
The give and take of talk, and Caryl Churchill's Cloud Ninep. 142
Advice on doing your stylistics essay on a dramatic text: an example from Alan Ayckbourn's The Revengers' Comediesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 172
Indexp. 178
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ISBN: 9780415137959
ISBN-10: 0415137950
Series: Interface
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 28th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1