Corpus linguistics & literature:A contrastive analysis of Dan Brown and Machado de Assis

Viana, Vander, Fausto, Fabiana and Zyngier, Sonia (2007) Corpus linguistics & literature:A contrastive analysis of Dan Brown and Machado de Assis. In: Textos e leituras. UNSPECIFIED, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 233-256. ISBN 9788577730414

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The starting point for this research was an investigation in the Orkut virtual environment to find out real readers' literary reading preferences. Subjects indicated Machado de Assis as their favorite canonical author and Dan Brown as their option of popular writer. Having selected one literary work from each of the two authors mentioned - namely, 'Dom Casmurro' and 'O Código da Vinci' - this study compared both styles from the perspective of Corpus Linguistics. To this end, both novels were digitized, formatted and transformed into two corpora. With the help of WordSmith Tools (Scott, 1999), it was possible to identify the most frequent four-word lexical bundles (cf. Biber et al., 2004). These lexical bundles were then classified both structurally and functionally according to Biber et al.'s (2004) taxonomies. The results reveal a large number of repeated lexical bundles with similar structures and functions in 'O Código da Vinci'. This finding may account for the popularity of its reading when compared to that of 'Dom Casmurro'.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus linguistics,literature,empirical science of literature,lexical bundles,dan brown,machado de assis
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 12:30
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2021 00:35

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