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Software-assisted Systemic Socio-Semantic Stylistics – Appraising tru* in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe


 
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1. Title Title of document Software-assisted Systemic Socio-Semantic Stylistics – Appraising tru* in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe - On Verbal Art
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Donna R Miller; University of Bologna;
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Antonella Luporini; University of Bologna;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) appraisal theory;master identities; social stereotypes; Vázquez Montalbán; Spanish crime fiction; Spanish-English translation; Spanish-German translation
 
5. Subject Subject classification Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
6. Description Abstract This paper reports recent findings in ongoing research into the limits of applying the methods of corpus linguistics (CL) to the analysis of ‘verbal art’ using Hasan’s Systemic Socio-Semantic Stylistics framework (SSS), a knowledge of which will be in part presumed and where possible cross-referenced in the volume. The text investigated is Coetzee’s novel Foe – a post-colonial rewriting of Robinson Crusoe (RC). Focus is on the evaluation of the notion of truth in Foe by means of appraisal systems and identification of appraisers, appraisees/eds, and what Thompson calls the ‘Russian Doll’ dilemma. The comparative word and keywordlists compiled, for both Foe and RC as reference corpus, reveal potentially relevant lexical items, including silence/word/story/tru* (truth/true/truly), subsequently analyzed in concordances for meaningful clause as exchange/interaction patterns and significant textual location. Such bases for comparison entailed carefully developed annotation schemes tested by significant inter-rater reliability. Findings bring us closer to the novel’s Theme, tentatively formulated as the complex and relative connection between silence/words, authorship (in both fiction and history) and veracity. They also show how CL plays a valuable instrumental role in SSS: a means for identifying significant features which, however, call for further ‘armchair’ scrutiny and the vital linking up to the text’s ‘context of creation’.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Sep-2018
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/29808
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.29808
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; On Verbal Art
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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