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The Taming of the Text : Explorations in Language, Literature and Culture

01 Jan 1989-The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism (Routledge)-Vol. 47, Iss: 2, pp 202
TL;DR: The authors explored the ways in which language constitutes textual functions, ranging from mediation to manipulation, from questioning to commanding, and from narrative to Bakhtin's theory of literary communication, and provided a view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements.
Abstract: This study attempts to explore the ways in which language constitutes textual functions, ranging from mediation to manipulation, from questioning to commanding, and from narrative to Bakhtin's theory of literary communication The contributors provide a view of the social functioning of texts, taking account of linguistic, literary and cultural elements They bring together new perspectives on literary analysis and theory, on pragmatics and discourse analysis, as well as on text linguistics and reception theory Various types of text are examined - descriptions, travel accounts, dialogues, press columns, recipes, poetry and drama - including work by Brecht, Camus, Defoe, Frost, Harrison, Larkin, Plath and Shakespeare
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01 Jan 2017
TL;DR: In this article, a cognitive linguistics approach is used to identify the protagonist Percival, an entirely silent character in an otherwise extremely dialogical and "eyeless book" (i.e. without an ‘I' narrator; Woolf 1925: 203), who is entirely other-presented by six speaking characters across their lives.
Abstract: The understanding of literary character has been, since Aristotle, an issue of debate amongst different schools of thought which, in broad terms, have viewed characters in the novel either as representations of human beings, or as types such as the hero and the false hero, the protagonist and the antagonist, or as explicating a narrative function necessary to plot development. Modernist authors created characters that represent both individuals and heroic types: Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s Ulysses is an ordinary individual incarnating the failure of the Homeric hero. Also in Woolf’s The Waves, we encounter a character whose name is that of the heroic figure of the medieval chivalric romances: Percival, an entirely silent character in an otherwise extremely dialogical and “eyeless book” (i.e. without an ‘I’ narrator; Woolf 1925: 203), who is entirely other-presented by the six speaking characters across their lives. This article aims to suggest how through a cognitive stylistics approach our understanding of Percival arises on the one hand from our background knowledge of the classical/medieval hero, and on the other from the information derived from the six flawed Edwardian characters that construe him. The analysis of Percival carried out here demonstrates how through the six speakers’ indirect presentation our inferencing of this exceptional fictional character calls for a continual process of refreshment from the outset that contributes to forming a mental image of Percival as an individual and as the hero of The Waves. Keywords: indirect characterisation, cognitive linguistics, quantitative and qualitative methods, Virginia Woolf, The Waves.

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06 Aug 2002
TL;DR: The creative process of meaning construction: A text-linguistic approach is discussed and the unique way in which a writer or reader creates a text by means of lexico-grammatical and conceptual elements is discussed.
Abstract: The creative process of meaning construction: A text-linguistic approach The main aim of this article is to explore the usefulness of text linguistics in determining how and why a literary text creates meaning. In order to achieve this aim, the unique way in which a writer or reader creates a text by means of lexico-grammatical and conceptual elements is discussed. The meaningfulness of the linguistic analysis of literary texts is then illustrated by an analysis of T.T. Cloete’s poem “Blydskap”. Lexical cohesion is emphasized and this cohesive device is used as a strategy to indicate how meaningful patterns are created in the text. This analysis illustrates that the methods of text linguistics indeed provide useful tools for examining the construction of meaning in a text.
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01 Jan 2018