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By Giuseppina Balossi

This publication focusses on desktop methodologies as a fashion of investigating language and personality in literary texts. either theoretical and sensible, it surveys investigations into characterization in literary linguistics and character in social psychology, prior to engaging in 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 built by way of UCREL at Lancaster collage. The quantitative research is supplemented through a qualitative research into habitual styles of metaphor. the writer concludes that those analyses effectively differentiate all six characters, either synchronically and diachronically, and claims that this system can be appropriate to the research of character in non-literary language. The e-book, written in a transparent and obtainable kind, can be of curiosity to post-graduate scholars and lecturers in linguistics, stylistics, literary experiences, psychology and likewise computational techniques.

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Thus, the author’s approach towards the world she disclosed became internal, subjective and 9 10 A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization rendered through multiple viewpoints. Internal impressions were continually combined with external reality in accordance with a conception of time that is psychological, when viewed from an internal perspective, and chronological from an external. The continuous shifts in perspectives pose difficulties in the attribution of point of view, so that it is frequently hard to work out whether we are being presented with the character’s viewpoint or that of the narrator (Auerbach 1992: 20–45).

He therefore advanced the idea that people have schemata, or mental structures, which represent their knowledge about the world. : 202). The role that prior knowledge may play in comprehension and its organization into mental structures, or schemata, was for some time neglected, while other theories in psychology took over, such as Behaviourism (Chomsky 1957; Skinner 1957), which asserted that the mind did not play any part in understanding our behaviour, feelings or thinking. The present-day notion of schemata can be traced to work conducted by cognitive researchers during the 1970s, such as Minsky (1974) and Schank and Abelson (1977) who investigated knowledge structure in the field of artificial intelligence.

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. An additional possibility is implied in the stylistic approaches proposed by Chatman (1978: 118), Toolan (1988: 92), van Peer (1989a: 1–15), Mead (1990: 447–448) and Culpeper (2001: 9–12), that is, to consider character as a mental representation constructed out of the interaction between the text and the reader’s background knowledge.

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