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Language in Literature: Style and Foregrounding

Language in Literature: Style and Foregrounding

Geoffrey Leech
August 15, 2008

Over a period of over forty years, Geoffrey Leech has made notable contributions to the field of literary stylistics, using the interplay between linguistic form and literary function as a key to the ‘mystery’ of how a text comes to be invested with artistic potential.  In this book,...

Language and Characterisation: People in Plays and Other Texts

Language and Characterisation: People in Plays and Other Texts

Jonathan Culpeper
June 20, 2001

Textual Explorations General Editors-Mick Short, Lancaster UniversityElena Semino, Lancaster UniversityThe focus of this series is on the stylistic analysis of literary and non-literary texts, and the theoretical issues which such work raises. Textual Explorations will include books that cover...

Mind The Gap: Ellipsis and Stylistic Variation in Spoken and Written English

Mind The Gap: Ellipsis and Stylistic Variation in Spoken and Written English

Peter Wilson
May 16, 2000

 We rarely speak or even write in the complete sentences that are often held to be the ideal form of linguistic communication. Language is, in fact, full of gaps, because speakers and writers operate in contexts which allow bits of language to be understood rather than expressed. This book...

The Poetics of Science Fiction

The Poetics of Science Fiction

Peter Stockwell
May 02, 2000

The Poetics of Science Fiction uniquely uses the science of linguistics to explore the literary universe of science fiction. Developing arguments about specific texts and movements throughout the twentieth-century, the book is a readable discussion of this most popular of genres. It also uses the...

Language and World Creation in Poems and Other Texts

Language and World Creation in Poems and Other Texts

Elena Semino
July 18, 1997

Language and World Creation in Poems and Other Texts introduces an interdisciplinary and practical approach to the analysis of poetry which focuses on text worlds, namely the contexts, scenarios or types of reality that readers construct in their interaction with the language of texts. The book...

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