A Dictionary of Stylistics by Katie Wales

By Katie Wales

During the last ten years there were amazing advances in stylistics. those have given upward push to new phrases and to revised considering suggestions and re-definitions of phrases. A Dictionary of Stylistics, 2d version includes over six hundred alphabeticlly indexed entries: totally revised because the first and moment variants, it includes many new entries.

Drawing fabric from stylistics and more than a few comparable disciplines equivalent to sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics and standard rhetoric, the revised 3rd variation presents a necessary reference paintings for college kids and academics of stylistics, in addition to serious discourse research and literary feedback. while it offers a normal photograph of the character, insights and methodologies of stylistics. in addition to explaining terminology sincerely and concisely, this version features a topic index for additional ease of use.

With a number of quotations; reasons for lots of easy phrases from grammar and rhetoric; and a complete bibliography, it is a exact reference paintings and guide for stylistic and textual research. scholars and academics at secondary and tertiary degrees of English language and literature or English as a overseas or moment language, and of linguistics, will locate it a useful resource of knowledge.

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2) Background(ing) or ground is used in perception psychology, psycholinguistics and cognitive grammar, as it is in art and photography, to refer to an object or piece of information which is not prominent or focused. It is interesting to speculate why we normally choose to say ‘The cat sat on the mat’ rather than ‘The mat lay under the cat’: the cat being the natural figure or trajectory against the ground or landmark. (See also gestalt. e. folk-songs or narrative poems which are dramatic and formulaic in nature.

Youth are boarded, clothed, booked, furnished with pocket-money, provided with all necessaries, instructed in all languages living and dead. (Charles Dickens: Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 3) Asyndeton is common as a rhetorical device of listing in Renaissance poetry; so in John Donne’s Holy Sonnet VII the poet urges souls to arise from death: All whom warre, dearth, age, agues, tyrannies, Despaire, law, chance, hath slaine . . also known as brachylogia. ■ attitude; attitudinal meaning (1) Attitudinal meaning as used in semantics and phonetics reflects the fact that we use language not only to communicate factual information, but also feelings and attitudes.

It can also refer to a clash or a gap between the literal and figurative senses of an utterance or sentence, when the meaning of a text is really undecidable, and potentially aporectic or richly ambivalent. So in this way the last sentence of Philip Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings with the image of the arrow-shower actually resists the poem’s closure: We slowed again, And as the tightened brakes took hold, there swelled A sense of falling, like an arrow-shower Sent out of sight, somewhere becoming rain.

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