Posted on Tuesday 18th June 2013
Dr Catherine Smith, a research fellow at ITSEE, has an article in a special issue of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics focussing on "Current Issues in Phraseology":
Michaela Mahlberg, Catherine Smith and Simon Preston, "Phrases in literary contexts. Patterns and distributions of suspensions in Dickens's novels." International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 18:1 (2013) 35–56. doi 10.1075/ijcl.18.1.05mah
The paper shows how corpus linguistic methods can assist with the study of interruptions of five words or more within the speech of a fictional character in Dickens, based on exhaustive searches of an electronic textual corpus. The conclusion is that such suspensions are discernible units which contribute to meaningful patterns in narrative prose.
The article is freely available as open access content through IngentaConnect.