Corpus stylistics: theory and practice

Dan McIntyre, Brian Walker

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A theoretical and practical guide to using corpus linguistic techniques in stylistic analysis.

The use of corpora in stylistics has increased substantially in recent years but until now there has been no book detailing the theoretical basis and methodological practices of corpus stylistics. This book surveys the field and sets the agenda for this fast-developing area. Focusing on how to use off-the-shelf corpus software, such as AntConc, Wmatrix, and the Brigham Young University (BYU) corpus interface, this step-by-step guide explains the theory and practice of using corpus methods and tools for stylistic analysis. Eight original case studies demonstrate how to use corpus tools to analyse style in a range of texts, from the contemporary to the historical. The authors explain how to develop appropriate research questions for corpus stylistic analysis, construct and annotate corpora, make sense of statistics, and analyse corpus data. In addition, the book provides practical advice on how to manage the transition from quantitative results to qualitative analysis, and explores how theories, models and frameworks from stylistics can be used to enhance the qualitative phase of corpus analysis.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages376
ISBN (Electronic)9781474413237, 9781474413220
ISBN (Print)9781474413213, 9781474413206
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2019


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