Dear Martin and others,
> What I am thinking of is principally linguistic studies of literature
> make use of corpora or corpus linguistics techniques.
That's a very interesting topic indeed. Last October I attended a conference
at Trier University entitled "Reconciling 'Anglistik': Didactic Strategies
for an Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature, Linguistics and Cultural
Studies", which raised related issues. There will be a volume of proceedings
edited by Andrea Gerbig and Anja Müller-Wood, to be published with Edwin
Mellen Press next year. The title will be "Rethinking English: Reconciling
Literature, Linguistics and Cultural Studies" and it will include papers by
Beatrix Busse (on Shakespearean drama) and Michael Stubbs (on Joseph
Conrad's Heart of Darkness if I remember correctly) which stress the
importance of corpus-analytic/quantitative approaches to literature.
I am also writing a chapter for the book focussing on "corpus literacy" as a
key literacy in English Studies in general (not only in linguistics) and
dealing with the application of corpus analytic methods in linguistics,
didactics, and literary & cultural studies (I will possibly include a case
study on a corpus-driven approach to irony and humour in Jane Austen's
novels that one of my Cologne students carried out; she obtained some
remarkable results on the basis of a Jane Austen novels corpus and a larger
reference corpus of 18th/19th century English novels). For my paper I would
also be grateful for further pointers to important studies on the interface
of corpus linguistics and literary analysis. Thanks!
All the best... Ute
> Examples of this would be:
> - studies which have compared a given feature in a literary text with its
> usage in a reference corpus, possibly to identify and/or quantify
> from non-literary norms;
> - adding annotation of linguistic categories in electronic literary texts;
> - construction of corpora of literary texts.
> I am arbitrarily excluding:
> - stylometry and authorship studies
> - literary concordances (which don't do any more than that)
> - linguistic studies of a literary text which happen to have used an
> electronic text or computational techniques, but not a corpus or anything
> normally understood as a corpus linguistic technique.
> Thanks for any pointers.
> Martin Wynne
> Head of the Oxford Text Archive and
> AHDS Literature, Languages and Linguistics
> Oxford University Computing Services
> 13 Banbury Road
> UK - OX2 6NN
> Tel: +44 1865 283299
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