ERIC Number: ED292318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Linguistics and the Study of Literature. Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Appendix 4-D.
Steward, Ann Harleman
Linguistics gives the student of literature an analytical tool whose sole purpose is to describe faithfully the workings of language. It provides a theoretical framework, an analytical method, and a vocabulary for communicating its insights--all designed to serve concerns other than literary interpretation and evaluation, but all useful for determining how a work of literature achieves its effect. Through the varied perspectives of grammar, discourse analysis, phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and pragmatics, linguistics becomes an independent point of entry into the literary work. Linguistic analysis imposes a measure of objectivity on the reader's initial intuition, provides a means for articulating that intuition, and suggests directions to explore. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.
Note: In: Langendoen, D. Terence, Ed., Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Final Report; see FL 017 227.