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During recent years there has been a great deal of interest in the various ways in which features of language are used to involve, implicate, entangle or engage a reader with a text. One difficulty lies in trying to quantify such a qualitative concept. Biber and Finegan (1989) have designed a...
This article considers the agreed conventions that underlie linguistic interaction. In particular, it treats literary texts as a form of language in use, dependent on the same principles of interaction as any other discourse. An analysis of Paul Auster’s City of Glass demonstrates that...
This article takes further debates concerning the nature of literary language and the presence of literariness in a range of discourses by exploring the extent to which everyday conversational discourse displays literary properties. The article argues that the inherent creativity of so-called...
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