Stylistics

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English Philology
Stylistics
Faculty of Philology, Department of English Philology
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Linas Selmistraitis
Room 209, Department of English Philology, Lithuanian
University of Educational Sciences, 39 Studentų St., Vilnius
LT-08106, Lithuania, tel. +370 5 2757258, e-mail:
[email protected]
English
Language of Instruction
The English Language B2 level according to CEFR1
Required Prerequisites
Suggested Academic Cycle Bachelor degree studies (from 3rd year of studies)
or Year of Studies
Spring
Semester
3
ECTS Credits
3
Contact Hours per Week
Compulsory
Compulsory/ Elective
Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
Methods of Teaching
Oral presentation (20%), Essay (30%), Mid-term (20%),
Form of Assessment
Final test (30%)
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Course Description
The course introduces students to the concepts and definitions of style and outlines the
obejctives of stylistics as a discipline in the humanities and at the interface of interdisciplinary
studies. It compares and contrasts several distinctive approaches to the stylistic applications of
models of language to both literary and non-literary texts.
The course discusses the style-related issues of text analysis at several stages –
namely, analysis and interpretation, with a particular emphasis on gathering empirical
linguistic evidence from inside the text and relating contextual factors from outside the text in
order to back up the interpretation of textual meanings. It also explores the ways in which
choices in language use affect the meaning of text.
During the course students study the objects of stylistics, i.e. stylistic devices and
expressive means and texts of different functional styles. Students acquire knowledge of
functions of stylistic elements in different texts. The attention is paid to recognition and
description of individual writer’s style, understanding of norm in literary texts. Students
acquire skills of characterising phonetic, morphological, lexical and syntactic stylistic devices.
Texts of different functional styles are in the focus. Students become competent in analysing
texts of different functional styles from stylistic point of view.
Readings
1. Bradford, R. (1997) Stylistics: The New Critical Idiom. Routledge.
2. Contemporary stylistics. Edited by Marina Lambrou and Peter Stockwell. 2010.
London: Continuum.
3. Simpson, P. (2004) Stylistics: A Resource Book for Students. Routledge.
4. Šalčiūtė Čivilienė, G. Stylistic approach to the linguistic features of prose fiction.
2009. Vilnius: VPU Publishing House.
5. Thornborrow, J. and Wareing, Sh. (1998) Patterns in Language: Stylistics for Students
of Language and Literature. Routledge.
6. Verdonk, P. (2002) Stylistics. OUP
7. Wales, K. (2001) A Dictionary of Stylistics. Longman.
1
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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