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Investigating Dickens' Style : A Collocational Analysis - M. Hori

Investigating Dickens' Style

A Collocational Analysis

By: M. Hori

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2004
ISBN: 9781403920515
Number Of Pages: 251

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This new, corpus-driven approach to the study of language and style of literary texts makes use of the Dickens' 4.6 million-word corpus for a detailed examination of patterns of lexical collocations. It offers new insights into Dickens' linguistic innovation, together with a nuanced understanding of his use of language to achieve stylistic ends. At the center of the study is a close analysis of the two narratives in Bleak House, read as a focal point for consideration of Dickens' stylistic development through his whole writing life.

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'Combining quantitative computer-generated evidence with discriminating analysis, Hori offers many new insights into Dickens's style. Comparisons with other novelists enable him to establish incontrovertible claims for Dickens's distinctiveness, even as comparisons between Dickens's own works, and between the two narratives of Bleak House, provide fascinating results. This is a pioneering book in stylistic analysis, and a valuable contribution to the study of Dickens.' - Paul Schlicke, President of the International Dickens Fellowship

'This well-documented book ofers a thorough, fresh outlook on the much-discusses question of Dickens's style.' - Cercles

List of Figuresp. ix
List of Tablesp. x
Forewordp. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Theoretical Backgroundp. 3
A short history of the study of collocationp. 3
Collocations in literary languagep. 7
Chronological change of collocationp. 14
Collocations in Dickensp. 18
Definition of collocationp. 23
Methods, corpus data and softwarep. 26
Outline of the bookp. 28
Collocation in Dickens
Familiar Collocationsp. 33
Nounsp. 38
Adjectivesp. 41
Adverbsp. 44
Semantic prosodiesp. 53
Colligationsp. 54
Conclusionp. 56
Creative Collocationsp. 57
Metaphorical collocationsp. 57
Transferred collocationsp. 69
Oxymoronic collocationsp. 77
Disparate collocationsp. 82
Unconventional collocationsp. 83
Modified idiomatic collocationsp. 84
Parodied collocationsp. 90
Relexicalized collocationsp. 94
Collocations and First-Citations from Dickens in the OED2 on CD-ROMp. 97
Findings of the investigation utilizing the OED2 on CD-ROMp. 98
Lexical items not regarded as neologismsp. 101
Collocations and neologismsp. 103
Conclusionp. 113
Case Study: Collocations in Bleak House
Collocations and Narrativesp. 117
Highest-frequency content-words, their collocations in Bleak House and the Dickens Corpusp. 117
Collocations found in Bleak House onlyp. 122
Comparison of collocations between the third-person narrative and Esther's narrativep. 124
Conclusionp. 169
Collocations and Charactersp. 171
Collocations peculiar to characters in their speechp. 172
Collocational patterns peculiar to characters in their speechp. 175
Collocations peculiar to characters in the non-dialoguesp. 179
Collocational patterns peculiar to specific characters in the non-dialoguesp. 181
Comparative Study of the Mind-Styles of First-Person Narrators in Terms of Collocationsp. 184
Collocations of little, own and poorp. 186
Collocations of myp. 192
Some different collocational typesp. 195
New Compound Words as Collocations in Bleak Housep. 199
Conclusionp. 205
Appendix 1p. 209
Appendix 2p. 212
Appendix 3p. 214
Appendix 4p. 217
Bibliographyp. 220
Index of Names and Subjectsp. 229
Index of Collocations in Dickensp. 233
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ISBN: 9781403920515
ISBN-10: 1403920516
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 251
Published: 27th April 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1