Patterns of Language

Pater’s Marius the Epicurean, Meredith’s The Egoist, Gissing’s New Grub Street, Conrad’s Nostromo, Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers and Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Gillian Cawthra


The last chapter introduced various approaches to the study of the language of literature and the methodology of systemic linguistics. Just as the general comments on stylistics set the context for the particular illustration of systemic linguistics, so this chapter as a whole sets the context for the more detailed work of the succeeding three chapters. It is concerned with patterns of language, with how cohesion, figurative language, and aural effects combine to produce a unified text. It takes shorter sections of the six passages to be analysed in detail for particular syntactic usages in the next three chapters — from Gissing and Lawrence for the nominal group, Pater and Joyce for the verbal group, and Meredith and Conrad for the adjunct — and explores features of their language as a whole. Approximately the first 350 words of each passage have been taken for examination.


Sentence Structure Complement Group Punctuation Mark Full Stop Figurative Language 
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© Gillian Cawthra 1989

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