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Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative FictionA Corpus-Assisted Approach$
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Beatrix Busse

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190212360.001.0001

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The Discourse Presentation Model So Far

The Discourse Presentation Model So Far

(p.21) Chapter 2 The Discourse Presentation Model So Far
(p.iii) Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative Fiction

Beatrix Busse

Oxford University Press

The second chapter discusses Semino and Short’s (2004) model of discourse presentation and adapts it for the study of 19th-century narrative fiction; the chapter presents a state-of-the-art overview of relevant research on discourse presentation in narrative fiction, including Sinclair’s concept of “trusting the text,” and Toolan’s (2009, 2016) concept of narrative progression. The chapter outlines first the main objectives of the study as comprising a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the types of speech, writing, and thought presentation in a corpus of 19th-century English narrative fiction, their distribution and functions; second, the development of a new methodology for investigating discourse presentation in historical data in order to enable diachronic comparison; third, the development of a tool for the automatic coding of discourse presentation on the basis of characteristic lexico-grammatical patterns; and finally, a qualitative investigation of the interplay between narration and modes of discourse presentation and their narratological function.

Keywords:   model of discourse presentation, narrative progression, trust the text, narration, historical text linguistics, historical pragmatics, narratology

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