For the first time, the works on stylistics by one of the most brilliant linguists of our times are collected in a single volume. This book highlights the evolution of John Sinclair's theories and insights from studies on language teaching through detailed analyses of text and discourse, and into his later works on corpus stylistics. More specifically, Part I focuses on how theory can inform teaching practice. Part II is more directed towards linguistic analyses of specific texts and provides practical bases for stylistic approaches. In Part III, Sinclair's contributions to discourse analysis shed light on ways of looking and understanding literature. Written in his crisp clear, straightforward style, this book demonstrates Sinclair's explicit concern for more systematic approaches to the integration of language and literature and shows why his works on stylistics have been both reference and inspiration to students, language and literature teachers and researchers over many decades.
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Editor's preface; 3. Introduction: John Sinclair: Papers on Stylistics by Ronald Carter; 4. Part I. Education, language teaching and stylistics; 5. Chapter 1. Linguistics and the teaching of English; 6. Chapter 2. The integration of language and literature in the English curriculum; 7. Chapter 3. Language awareness in six easy lessons; 8. Chapter 4. Large corpus research and foreign language teaching; 9. Part II. Linguistic stylistics; 10. Chapter 5. When is a poem like a sunset?; 11. Chapter 6. Taking a poem to pieces; 12. Chapter 7. A technique of stylistic description; 13. Chapter 8. Lines about "Lines"; 14. Chapter 9. The linguistic basis of style; 15. Part III. Style and discourse; 16. Chapter 10. Mirror for a text; 17. Chapter 11. Poetic discourse: A sample exercise; 18. Chapter 12. The exploitation of meaning: Literary text and local grammars; 19. Chapter 13. Fictional worlds revisited; 20. Chapter 14. "Passion speechlesse lies"; 21. Chapter 15. Coda: Unlearning the intuitive analogue as Sinclairan digital proofs transcend stylistics by Bill Louw; 22. References; 23. Index of Authors, Names and Titles; 24. Index of Topics