Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Stylistics

Paperback | April 15, 2002

byPeter VerdonkEditorH. G. Widdowson

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This book deals with the study of style in language, how styles can be recognized, and their features. It examines how style is used in literary and non-literary texts, and how familiarity with style is a matter of socialization. The author also discusses the relationship between text anddiscourse, the production and reception of meaning as a dynamic contextualized interaction, the question of perspective and the variable representation of reality, and how stylistics can complement literary criticism. The final chapter deals with social reading and ideological positioning, includingsome thoughts on feminist stylistics and critical discourse analysis.

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This book deals with the study of style in language, how styles can be recognized, and their features. It examines how style is used in literary and non-literary texts, and how familiarity with style is a matter of socialization. The author also discusses the relationship between text anddiscourse, the production and reception of meani...

Peter Verdonk is Emeritus Professor of Stylistics at the University of Amsterdam, where he started teaching in the early 1970s, after a career in maritime law. His main interests lie in rhetoric, literary criticism, discourse analysis, narratology and cognitive poetics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:7.87 × 5.12 × 0.31 inPublished:April 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0194372405

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PrefaceSection 1Surveybr /1. The concept of styleFeatures of style: a newspaper headlineStyle as motivated choiceStyle in contextStyle and persuasive effectConclusion2. Style in literatureText type and styleText type and functionConclusion3. Text and discourseThe nature of textThe nature of discourseTextual and contextual meaningThe headline revisitedThe context of literary discourseThe communicative situation in literary discourseConclusion4. Perspectives on meaningThe double meaning of perspectivePerspective in narrative fictionStylistic markers of perspective and positioningDeixisGiven and new informationIdeological perspectiveConclusion5. The language of literary representationPerspective in third-person narrationSpeech and thought representationConclusion6. Perspectives on literary interpretationLiterary criticismInterpreting a complete poemSubstantiation by analysisLiterary interpretation revisitedConclusion7. Stylistics and ideological perspectivesSocial reading and ideological postioningIncorporation of literary criticism into linguistic criticism?Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)ConclusionSection 2ReadingsSection 3ReferencesSection 4Glossary

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The argument is well illustrated with commentary, sometimes detailed, on several poetic and prose texts, which provides insightful observations on textual features. - Applied Linguistics Journal