Investigating Dickens’ Style

A Collocational Analysis

  • Authors
  • Masahiro Hori

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 3-29
  3. Collocation in Dickens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 33-56
    3. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 57-96
  4. Case Study: Collocations in Bleak House

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 117-170
    3. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 171-183
    4. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 205-208
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-251

About this book


This new, corpus-driven approach to the study of language and style of literary texts makes use of the Dickens' 4.6 million-word corpus for a detailed examination of patterns of lexical collocations. It offers new insights into Dickens' linguistic innovation, together with a nuanced understanding of his use of language to achieve stylistic ends. At the centre of the study is a close analysis of the two narratives in Bleak House , read as a focal point for consideration of Dickens' stylistic development through his whole writing life.


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