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The Stylistics of Professional Discourse$
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Martin Solly

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691692

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691692.001.0001

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Language, style and stylistics

Language, style and stylistics

(p.1) Chapter 1 Language, style and stylistics
The Stylistics of Professional Discourse

Martin Solly

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter provides an overview of the theoretical background to stylistics and of the main language theories pertinent to the volume, reappraising the usefulness of a stylistic approach to non-literary discourse. It is divided into two main parts: the first looks at style and stylistics, showing how they are intrinsically related and how stylistics is a fast developing and growing area of study in linguistics; the second briefly introduces a number of related theoretical concepts, such as the construction and communication of discursive identity, multimodality, narrative analysis, corpus linguistics, genre analysis, critical discourse analysis, speech acts and pragmatics. These conceptual approaches to the study of language are often used to analyse texts as if they were not interconnected, thus enabling the scholar to turn a specific lens on a particular text, or group of texts. However, this isolating of only certain aspects of texts, while practical, often conceals the relevance of other approaches and their interconnectedness. Indeed, a stylistics-oriented interdisciplinary approach provides a holistic framework for the study of language use and language choice and the way texts are woven; in many ways it forms an excellent interface for bringing together overlapping theoretical approaches.

Keywords:   style, stylistics, theoretical approaches, holistic framework, interconnectedness, non-literary discourse

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