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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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Types, Distribution, and Lexico-Grammatical Realization of Discourse Presentation Categories and Their Functional Implications

Types, Distribution, and Lexico-Grammatical Realization of Discourse Presentation Categories and Their Functional Implications

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(p.71) Chapter 4 Types, Distribution, and Lexico-Grammatical Realization of Discourse Presentation Categories and Their Functional Implications
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Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative Fiction
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Beatrix Busse

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190212360.003.0004

The fourth chapter presents the quantitative findings for the categories of speech, writing, and thought presentation in the corpus of 19th-century narrative fiction and compares their statistical distribution with the findings by Semino and Short (2004) for 20th-century fiction. The author finds that the JLVeffects of particular categories of thought presentation are different from those of speech presentation in the 19th-century data. Further, the scales of speech and thought presentation in 19th-century narrative fiction are differently distributed compared to the 20th century, this giving quantitative evidence to Fludernik’s (1993) “direct discourse fallacy” according to which a character’s direct discourse should never simply be accepted as fully reliable because the narrator’s mediation is always a distortion.

Keywords:   statistical distribution, diachronic comparison, 19th-century narrative fiction, 20th-century narrative fiction, direct discourse fallacy

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