publication . Article . 2015

I will proclaim myself what I am: Corpus stylistics and the language of Shakespeare’s soliloquies

Sean Edward Murphy;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2015
  • Country: United Kingdom
<jats:p>This article reports on a corpus stylistic study of the language of soliloquies in Shakespeare’s plays. Literary corpus stylistics can use corpus linguistic methods to test claims made by literary critics and identify hitherto unnoticed features. Existing literary studies of soliloquies tend to define and classify them, to trace the history of the form or to offer literary appreciation; yet they pay surprisingly little attention to the language which characterises soliloquies. By creating a soliloquy corpus and a dialogue corpus from 37 Shakespeare plays, and comparing the former against the latter using WordSmith Tools, I identify key language forms in ...
free text keywords: Linguistics and Language, Literature and Literary Theory, Language and Linguistics, Reflexive pronoun, Tragedy, Literary criticism, Literature, business.industry, business, Comedy, Sociology, Introspection, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Linguistics, Interpersonal communication, Corpus linguistics, Soliloquy
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