Computational Stylistic Analysis of Oscar Wilde's The Selfish Giant

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A language is a communication tool for sharing ideas, emotions, and thoughts in spoken or writtenform. Writers use different linguistic structures to communicate their views for specific meanings.Stylistics aims at exploring such use of language to explore different lexical categories. The linguisticmodel of Leech and Short (2007) reveals the descriptive and interpretive nature of these lexicalcategories in Oscar Wilde’s (1888) ‘The Selfish Giant’ with the help of a computational tool known asAntConc. The mixed-method analysis of lexical categories shows the writer’s artistry to employdifferent lexical items with different frequencies to give meaning to the text. Six lexical categories withfrequency of 1490 were categorized as, 615 nouns (41Percent), 336 verbs (23 Percent), 293 conjunctions (20Percent), 137adverbs (9Percent), 91 adjectives (6Percent), and 18 particles (1Percent).


1-Sabahat Tariq Qureshi
Research Scholar, Department of English, National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, Pakistan.

2-Naveed Ahmad Taseer
MPhil English, Department of English, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan

3-Shabir Ullah
MPhil Scholar, Department of English, Qurtuba University of Science and Information Technology, Dera Ismail Khan, KP, Pakistan.


Stylistics, AntConc, Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Gaint, Leech and Short

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Published: 12 2021

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