Linguistica Berolinensia
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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Stylometry is a branch of linguistics concerned with the quantitative description of stylistic proprieties of texts. In certain cases, it allows one to solve problems of authorship of disputed texts and to discover the probable chronology of works by a given author. An historical overview of stylometry demonstrates that there was no single scholar whose work could be considered decisive in its development. At the same time, perusal of studies devoted to the history of stylometry shows that their authors treat the available material selectively, preferring some scholars while wholly disregarding others. Wincenty Lutosławski (1863–1954) is a good example of a scholar forgotten (or underestimated) by contemporary researchers. However, it was he who coined the term ‘stylometry’ already at the end of the 19th century and defined the principles of this ‘new science’. This paper presents and discusses the following issues : the importance of chronology in the interpretation of Platonic philosophy, the definition and objectives of stylo­metry, the most important platonic chronologies, a description and evaluation of Lutosławski’s contribution to the development of stylometric methodology, and the origins of stylometry. Finally, we shall try to (re)determine Lutosławski’s position in the history of the language sciences.


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