Chapter 13. Point and CLiC

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This chapter looks at the corpus tool CLiC, a web application specifically designed for the study of literary texts. It allows students to run concordances or generate keywords, for instance. It gives students the opportunity to work with a corpus of Dickens novels, but also with novels by other nineteenth century authors. Unlike more general corpus tools, CLiC enables searches that help to address research questions particular to literary texts. We investigate the question as to what kind of corpus exercises can be designed to help students understand the variety of opportunities that corpus approaches to literary texts offer. We deal with issues of frequency, but also with links between concepts in literary linguistics and corpus linguistics, specifically characterization and mind-modelling. We focus on examples from Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist for an illustrative case-study.


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