This book is based on a close study of modern drama texts. In the first section – Dialogue – it studies specific drama texts. Drama has been neglected by linguistic studies of literature, and this book develops a new area of literary-linguistic stylistics. It demonstrates how recent advances in the sociolinguistic analysis of conversation (discourse analysis) can account for readers’ and audiences’ intuitions about dramatic dialogue. The second section – Discourse – uses these studies to develop a powerful and general model of spoken discourse. As well as accounting for the utterance-by-utterance organization of dramatic texts, it provides a descriptive model for the analysis of naturally occurring conversation. Literary texts and natural conversation are used to illustrate each other.
Table of Contents
1. Dialogue 1. The Stylistic Analysis of Modern Drama Texts: Some Background Remarks and a Practical Example 2. A Stylistic Study of Ionesco’s The Bald Prima Donna 3. A Stylistic Study of Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter 4. From Dialogue to Discourse and Back Again 2. Discourse 5. The Alienated Analyst: An Argument for Rich Data for the Discourse Analyst 6. The Linguistic Analysis of Spoken Discourse 7. Towards an Analysis of Casual Conversation 8. Suggestions for Further Research