From modernity to post-modernity: Conflicting voices in literary discourse - A corpus analysis of you and one

Alcina Maria Pereira De Sousa, Alda Maria Correia

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Abstract

This paper discusses the possibilities of a corpus analysis applied to literary study and interpretation. It is thus its goal to present some findings related to the disambiguation of some pronominal references, i.e. you and one, as they occur in speech and thought presentation in prose fiction, across periods in the 20th century. The texts selected are two of Virginia Woolf's novels (early and late modernist period) and one by Hugo Hamilton (in the postmodern era). The analysis benefits from a multi-layered interpretive framework drawing on discou

rse analysis, corpus-based approaches and literary study, particularly in that it unpacks ways in which writers make use of linguistic structures. These involve readers in a dialogic interpretation of the text's "polyphony" and "heteroglossia", either conveying the generic pronoun reference or the protagonist's inner voice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in Linguistics
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Modernism
  • Postmodernism
  • Pronoun reference
  • Prose fiction
  • Self-consciousness

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