By Giuseppina Balossi
This booklet focusses on laptop methodologies as a fashion 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 talking characters are analyzed utilizing Wmatrix software program built by way of UCREL at Lancaster collage. The quantitative research is supplemented through a qualitative research into ordinary styles of metaphor. the writer concludes that those analyses effectively differentiate all six characters, either synchronically and diachronically, and claims that this system can also be appropriate to the research of character in non-literary language. The booklet, written in a transparent and available sort, might be of curiosity to post-graduate scholars and teachers in linguistics, stylistics, literary reports, psychology and in addition computational ways.
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2 Character typologies Literary critics have discussed character according to different typologies. M. Forster pioneered the distinction between flat and round types. g. from childhood to adulthood), but remain static because they are not modified by circumstances. g. ), which vary, conflict, and develop with events. Furthermore, the round type is recognized if “[…] it is capable of surprising in a convincing way. If it never surprises, it is flat. : 81). M. Forster’s classification has been criticized for its lack of clear theoretical criteria (Harvey 1965; Rimmon-Kenan 1983; Fishelov 1990; Culpeper 2001).
81). M. Forster’s classification has been criticized for its lack of clear theoretical criteria (Harvey 1965; Rimmon-Kenan 1983; Fishelov 1990; Culpeper 2001). : 40–42) finds that the rigid dichotomy between flat and round does not account for some kinds of character in which some of the qualities associated with flat and round types may appear together. This plausible possibility was considered by Harvey in Character and the Novel (1965). : 52–73). M. : 56–57). : 58–59). M. Forster and Harvey lies in a confusion between character as a function in the text and as the reader’s perception.
A few months later, the feminine identity of the narrator was excluded from the original design and Woolf wrote: “[w]ho thinks it? And am I outside the thinker? One wants some device which is not a trick” (WD, 25 September 1929: 257). The questions of who tells the story and how to tell it (“some device”) remained unsettled until the very last draft when Woolf resolved to present the life of six people in “a series of dramatic soliloquies […] running homogeneously in and out, in the rhythm of the waves” (WD, 20 August 1930: 312).
A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization: Virginia Woolf's The Waves by Giuseppina Balossi