Language, Discourse and Literature: An Introductory Reader in Discourse Stylistics, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Language, Discourse and Literature

An Introductory Reader in Discourse Stylistics, 1st Edition

Edited by Ronald Carter, Paul Simpson


304 pages

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This collection shows students of English and applied linguistics ways in which language and literary study can be integrated. By drawing on a wide range of texts by mainly British and American writers, from a variety of different periods, the contributors show how discourse stylistics can provide models for the systematic description of, for example, dialogue in fiction; language of drama and balladic poetry; speech presentation; the interactive properties of metre; the communicative context of author/reader. Among the texts examined are novels, poetry and drama by major twentieth-century writers such as Joyce, Auden, Pinter and Hopkins, as well as examples from Shakespeare, Donne and Milton.

Each chapter has a wide range of exercises for practical analysis, an extensive glossary and a comprehensive bibliography with suggestions for further reading. The book will be particularly useful to undergraduate students of English and applied linguistics and advanced students of modern languages or English as a foreign language.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General