There is a bit on keywords in Romeo and Juliet in chapter 4 of Jonathan
Culpeper, Language and Characterisation, Longman 2001.
It might also be worth having a look at David Hoover's Language and Style in
The Inheritors , University Press of America 1998. This compares Golding's
book with various corpora. But it is more to do with grammar than lexis, as I
From: T Murphy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 01 June 2001 04:32
Subject: Corpora: Keywords in Literary Texts
I am curious whether anyone is aware of corpus work that attempts to analyze
the frequency or concordance tendencies of keywords (in Raymond Williams'
sense of that word) in literary texts. The purpose of such work might vary but
could include the analysis of emergent historical meanings or the differences
between the keyword choices of different political or philosophical tendencies.
All leads will be gratefully received.
Dr. Terry Murphy
College of Liberal Arts
Dept. of English Language and Literature
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