By Giuseppina Balossi
This e-book focusses on computing device 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, earlier than undertaking 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 via UCREL at Lancaster collage. The quantitative research is supplemented by way of 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 publication, written in a transparent and available sort, should be of curiosity to post-graduate scholars and lecturers in linguistics, stylistics, literary reports, psychology and in addition computational techniques.
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The moment in a child’s development when it first sees itself as distinct from others, and thereby takes up a self-image), looks at how Woolf depicts the multiple ‘selves’ in The Waves. Minow-Pinkney (1985: 240) defines the self-identity of Woolf ’s characters as subjects in progress. She asserts that Woolf ’s concept of personality is never essentialist, though the theme of her work is often a quest for the essence of a character. The quest is always accompanied by a sense of the impossibility of fixing the essence, for there is no inherent substantiality to the personality, which turns out to be the concurrence of all surrounding elements.
1–3), three components are involved: “the mimetic” (character as a person), “the synthetic” (character as an artificial construct) and “the thematic” (character as an idea). This distinction, he argues, depends on the interest we develop as the narrative progresses. These three components are always present in narratives though in different combinations, which may be more or less developed, but hierarchically classified. Phelan (in Scholes et al. 2006: 314) clarifies this as follows. In realistic narrative, progressions typically foreground the mimetic and thematic components of character with the synthetic remaining in the background.
It also examines the concept of ‘mind style’ and how investigating it can provide a further source of information about personality through the study of metaphorical patterns according to cognitive metaphor theory (CMT). The remaining part of the chapter considers other studies of language and personality that have been conducted within social psychology and reviews the theoretical assumptions and types of approaches adopted in that discipline. 1 Characters as people and as textual constructs Culpeper (2001: 6; see also Reicher 2010: 111–133) summarizes the debate over the ontological status of literary character as follows.