Textual Stylistic Variation: Choices, Genres and Individuals

Karlgren, Jussi (2010) Textual Stylistic Variation: Choices, Genres and Individuals. In: Structure of Style. Springer Verlag, pp. 129-142.

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This chapter argues for more informed target metrics for the statistical processing of stylistic variation in text collections. Much as operationalized relevance proved a useful goal to strive for in information retrieval, research in textual stylistics, whether application oriented or philologically inclined, needs goals formulated in terms of pertinence, relevance, and utility — notions that agree with reader ex- perience of text. Differences readers are aware of are mostly based on utility — not on textual characteristics per se. Mostly, readers report stylistic differences in terms of genres. Genres, while vague and undefined, are well-established and talked about: very early on, readers learn to distinguish genres. This chapter discusses variation given by genre, and contrasts it to variation occasioned by individual choice.

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Deposited By:Jussi Karlgren
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