Clusters, key clusters and local textual functions in Dickens

Mahlberg, Michaela (2007) Clusters, key clusters and local textual functions in Dickens. Corpora, 2 (1). pp. 1-31. ISSN 1749-5032

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The paper argues that corpus linguistics can make useful contributions to the descriptive inventory of literary stylistics. The concept of local textual functions is employed as a descriptive tool for the stylistic analysis of a corpus of texts by Charles Dickens. It is suggested that clusters, i.e. repeated sequences of words, can be interpreted as pointers to local textual functions. The focus is on five-word clusters and five functional groups are identified: Labels, Speech clusters, As If clusters, Body Part clusters and Time and Place clusters. The analysis draws on the identification of key clusters comparing the Dickens corpus with a corpus of nineteenth-century fiction, it identifies links to literary criticism and it gives specific attention to the group of Body Part clusters to illustrate the functional variation of clusters.

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Additional Information: Copyright Edinburgh University Press.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of English
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Depositing User: Mahlberg, Dr. Michaela
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 17:58
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:29

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