By Giuseppina Balossi
This booklet focusses on desktop methodologies as a manner of investigating language and personality in literary texts. either theoretical and useful, it surveys investigations into characterization in literary linguistics and character in social psychology, ahead of conducting a computational research of Virginia Woolf’s experimental novel The Waves. Frequencies of grammatical and semantic different types within the language of the six conversing characters are analyzed utilizing Wmatrix software program constructed by way of UCREL at Lancaster collage. The quantitative research is supplemented through a qualitative research into routine styles of metaphor. the writer concludes that those analyses effectively differentiate all six characters, either synchronically and diachronically, and claims that this system is additionally appropriate to the learn of character in non-literary language. The e-book, written in a transparent and available sort, might be of curiosity to post-graduate scholars and lecturers in linguistics, stylistics, literary experiences, psychology and likewise computational methods.
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417). 4). ’ This section provides a definition of personality within the social sciences, especially social psychology, and briefly explores the cognitive approach to how it can be inferred. ” Revelle (2007: 37) describes personality as […] an abstraction used to explain consistency and coherency in an individual’s pattern of aspects, cognitions, desires and behaviors. What a person feels, thinks, wants, and does changes from moment to moment and from situation to situation but shows a patterning across situations and over time that may be used to recognize, describe, and even to understand that person.
83). This implies that more weight is given to prior knowledge. In contrast, if the focus is on bottom-up processes, we have a “person-based” or “attribute-based” impression because our impression is derived from the idiosyncratic attributes of the target person. 29 30 A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization These two possibilities are drawn mainly from Fiske and Neuberg’s continuum model of impression formation (1990: 1–74; see also Kunda and Thagard 1996: 284–308; Fiske 1998: 357–411), in which they hold that in impression formation we need to distinguish between stereotypes, or category-based top-down processes, and attribute-based, or bottom-up processes.
Textual cues) and knowledge drawn top-down from schemata are complementary and useful for a meaningful interpretation of text content (McVee et al. : 357). 3 Stylistic approaches to characterization What is the difference between people in a novel and people like the novelists or like you, or like me, or Queen Victoria? M. 1), one of the major points of discussion in the literary theory of character is whether it should be viewed as resembling a real individual or as representing a function in the text.
A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization: Virginia Woolf's The Waves by Giuseppina Balossi