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What is sampling and representativeness?

In this final week of the course, we will be exploring how the use of methods from corpus linguistics has transformed stylistics. If you’re not familiar with corpus linguistics, don’t …

What is foregrounding?

What makes certain parts of a picture or scene stand out in relation to the rest? In this video, Dan McIntyre explains the concept of foregrounding and its origins in …

About the course

Hello and welcome to this four-week course on stylistics! In this first video you’ll meet the tutors on the course, Dan McIntyre, Lesley Jeffries and Louise Nuttall. You’ll hear an …

Characterisation

When we read stories, either fiction or non-fiction, inevitably we form impressions about characters. But how does this happen? In this video, Professor Dan McIntyre explains the role of language …

What is style?

What do we mean when we talk about ‘style’? In this video, Louise Nuttall talks about the idea of linguistic style, which is all about the choices we make in …

Reporting what other people say

There are lots of different ways in which we can report what other people say. And these options each create different stylistic effects. Watch the video above, in which Lesley …