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Keyness : words, parts-of-speech and semantic categories in the character-talk of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Culpeper, Jonathan (2009) Keyness : words, parts-of-speech and semantic categories in the character-talk of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 14 (1). pp. 29-59.

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Abstract

This paper explores keywords, key part-of-speech categories and key semantic categories and their role in text analysis. The first part of the paper addresses a set of issues relating to the definition of keywords and their history, the settings used in deriving keywords, the choice of reference corpora, the different kinds of keyword that emerge in one's results and the dispersion of keywords in one's data. It argues, amongst other things, that keywords are the same as style markers, and that three types of keyword can be identified: interpersonal, textual and ideational. The second part of the paper addresses the question of what precisely is to be gained from analysing key part-of-speech or key semantic domains in addition to keywords. It shows that whilst in general they add little to a keyword analysis, which is in any case methodologically more robust, there are some significant specific benefits. Answers to many of the questions posed in this paper are illustrated by a study of character-talk from Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, and in this way this paper also makes a contribution to the fledging field of corpus stylistics.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: KEY PARTS-OF-SPEECH ; KEY SEMANTIC DOMAINS ; STYLE ; STYLE MARKERS ; ROMEO AND JULIET
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 31680
Deposited By: Dr Jonathan Culpeper
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2010 16:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31680

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