Abstract

Stylistics is the linguistic study of style in language. It aims to account for how texts project meaning, how readers construct meaning and why readers respond to texts in the way that they do. This book is an introduction to stylistics that locates it firmly within the traditions of linguistics. Organised to reflect the historical development of stylistics from its origins in Russian formalism, the book covers key principles such as foregrounding theory, as well as more recent developments in cognitive stylistics. It includes an examination of both literary and non-literary texts, and substantial coverage of methodologies for stylistic analysis. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on the practicalities of producing stylistic analyses that are objective, replicable and falsifiable. Comprehensive in its coverage and assuming no prior knowledge of the topic, Stylistics will be essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students new to this fascinating area of language study.

Covers traditional as well as new approaches to stylistics, including cognitive and corpus stylistics
Examines non-literary material as well as literary texts: students will be more open to the benefits of stylistic analysis for all kinds of text
Includes methodologies for stylistic analysis so that students can connect theory with practice
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages242
ISBN (Print)9780521405645, 9780521728690, 0521405645 , 052172869X
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameCambridge Textbooks in LInguistics
PublisherCambridge University Press

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    Jeffries, L., & McIntyre, D. (2010). Stylistics. (Cambridge Textbooks in LInguistics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.