EL5221: The Linguistic Analysis of Literature
2006-07 Semester 1
Schedule of Seminars & Programme Details

Seminars to be held every week on





6—9 pm

ELL Semiotics Lab

Note 1: This is a consolidated programme.
Note 2: For the details on the further readings for most of the topics indicated below,
         you can refer to the alphabetically arranged Detailed List of Further Readings.

Week Date Topic (students are to read the lecture notes indicated by the links prior to the lectures; note that the discussion after each of the lectures will be based on the previous week's lecture -- hence the handouts are indicated in the previous week's slot).
1 15/8 Introduction: The linguistic analysis of literature and stylistics; & what can you do with parts of speech?: lecture notes nos. 1, 2 and 3.
Further readings
● 'Language and literature in tertiary education: The case for stylistics' by Steve Buckledee
● 'Towards a pedagogical stylistics' by Urszula Clark and Sonia Zyngier;
● 'Institutionalized utterances, literature, and language teaching' by Ian MacKenzie;
● 'Vagrant sympathies: From stylistic analysis to a pedagogy of style' by John Tinker
● '7 secrets of good prose: ways to pare and polish your work as you revise' by Constance Hale The Writer, 115 (June 2002): 48-50 (available through Infotrac).
● More readings are given in the discussion handout (below).
Introduction of term paper topic: The advantages of systemic grammar in the linguistic analysis of literature
Introduction of project topic: Is the linguistic analysis of literature of relevance in the teaching of literature or language? (readings: the readings for this lecture by Buckledee, Clark and Zyngier and by MacKenzie mentioned above)
2 22/8 The analysis of the clause and its parts: lecture notes nos. 2, 3 & 6.
Further reading:
● 'Adjectives and the work of modernism in an age of celebrity' by Aaron Jaffe [only pp. 1-9, although you may find the rest of the article interesting as well]
● 'Adverbial function in English verse: The case of thus' by Gareth Twose and C. B. McCully.
3 29/8 The linguistic analysis of poetry: lecture notes nos. 4 & 5.
Further reading:
● 'The use of meter' by W. D. Snodgrass The Southern Review, 35.4 (Autumn 1999): 806 (also available through Infotrac).
● 'Little boxes: The effects of the stanza on poetic narrative' by Catherine Addison Style 37.2 (Summer 2003): 124-43 (also available through Infotrac)
● 'Towards a theory of poetic change' by C. B. McCully.
● 'Formal variation in the rhymes of Robert Pinsky’s The Inferno of Dante' by Kristin Hanson.
● 'On some serious next millennium rap ishhh' by H. Samy Alim
4 5/9 Mood and modality in literary works: lecture notes nos. 6, 7, 8 & 8a.
Further reading:
'Chronology, time, tense and experientiality in narrative' by Monika Fludernik.
5 12/9 Transitivity in literary works: lecture notes nos. 9 & 10.
Further reading:
'Transitivity and mental transformation...' by Yinglin Ji and Dan Shen.
'From “Under the Rose” to V.:...' by M. A. Martínez Poetics Today 23.4, (2002):  633-656 [read from p. 241 onwards].
6 19/9 Style, point of view and rhythm: lecture notes no. 11.
Further reading:
'Point of view in drama...' by Dennis Mcintyre.
Sentence structure and clause complexing
: lecture notes nos. 12 & 13.
Further readings:
● 'Consequences of a conjunction' by James Longenbach.
● 'Syntax: rhythm of thought, rhythm of song'. by Ellen Bryant Voigt [uses a different linguistic model, but some interesting observations here].
 — 26/9 Mid-semester break
7 3/10 Clause complexing: lecture notes nos. 12 & 13).
: lecture notes nos. 15 & 16.
Further readings:
Task 12: Theme and Rheme
Discourse Analysis and Grammar by Fernando Trujillo
Textual Organization of Academic Writing by Duane Leonard & Tiina Hukari
8 10/10 Cohesiveness and coherence in literary works: lecture notes nos. 17, 18a, 18c & 18d; further notes will be posted on the Web.
Further readings:
● 'Coherence and changes in the unknown world' by Frances Ferguson.
● 'The ubiquitous artifact: on coherence' by Barry Allen.
Cohesion and Stylistics: A Case Study by Arieh Sherris (M.A. dissertation, Linguistics: TESOL)
'The absence of connectives and the maintenance of coherence in publicity texts' by Verónica Vivanco Journal of Pragmatics 37 (2005): 1233–1249.
9 17/10

Speech and thought presentation: lecture notes nos. 19 & 20.
Further readings:
● 'The French théorie de l’énonciation and the study of speech and thought presentation' by Sophie Marnette
● 'Revisiting the notion of faithfulness in discourse presentation using a corpus approach' by Mick Short, Elena Semino and Martin Wynne
'Speech presentation in Singaporean English novels' by Peter K. W. Tan.
● Website: Speech and Thought Presentation Corpus (the site also contains the above article by Short et al. and two others)

10 24/10 Ketupat   Hari Raya Puasa
11 31/10 Metaphor: lecture notes no. 21.
Further reading:
'Anger and heat: A study of figurative language' by Jean Witherow.
● 'Grammatical metaphors in English' by Miriam Taverniers Moderna Språk 98.1 (2004): 17-26. New
Class test
Submission of term paper.
12 7/11 Stylistic analysis of postcolonial literatures 1
Main text:
Language of Postcolonial Literatures (website)
Further readings:
● 'Jim’s language and the issue of race in Huckleberry Finn' by Lisa Cohen Minnick
● 'Intentionality and the markedness model in literary codeswitching' by Steven Gross Journal of Pragmatics 32 (2000): 1283-1303.
● 'Pidgin and code-switching:...' by Juan Li
Project presentations 1
13 14/11 Stylistic analysis of postcolonial literatures 2
Main text:
Language of Postcolonial Literatures
Project presentations 2; submission of project reports
Exam 5/12 Time: 1 pm.

Last revised: 13 October 2006