[Corpora-List] Corpra & Literature

Jeff Elmore jelmore at lexile.com
Mon Nov 26 19:35:42 CET 2012

You might also check out this paper: Multiple Narrative Disentanglement: Unraveling Infinite Jest. http://aclweb.org/anthology-new/N/N12/N12-1001.pdf

It looks at how the characters in the multiple narratives in Infinite Jest interact. Some characters only interact with their small group but others act as connectives between the narratives. This information is used to identify which narrative a particular passage in the text belongs to.

Very interesting analyses. Not sure if it's relevant for you.

On Sun, Nov 25, 2012 at 8:42 PM, Linda Bawcom <linda.bawcom at sbcglobal.net>wrote:

> Dear all,
> Our semester conference topic is concerning using technology in the
> classroom. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the basics
> of using corpora in the classroom [mainly ESL/English], especially in terms
> of collocations, frequency, and genre. For this I am planning on using
> Mark Davis' COCA.
> But I'd very much like to add how it can be used in literature, which is
> outside any research that I have done. I'm wondering if anyone can direct
> me to or is willing to share something they have already presented. For
> example, what has always fascinated me is how you can see the way in which
> a character changes throughout a book by looking at collocations such as
> (as I have heard) with Nora in Ibsen's a Doll's House. That is, if
> possible, I would like something apart from an analysis of stylistics or a
> comparison of books in terms of i.e. lexical bundles. Any suggestions
> would be very much appreciated.
> Kindest regards,
> Linda Bawcom
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