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Textual Stylistic Variation: Choices, Genres and Individuals
RISE, Swedish ICT, SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4042-4919
Number of Authors: 4
2010 (English)In: Structure of Style, Springer Verlag , 2010, 8, 129-142 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter argues for more informed target metrics for the statistical processing of stylistic variation in text collections. Much as operationalized relevance proved a useful goal to strive for in information retrieval, research in textual stylistics, whether application oriented or philologically inclined, needs goals formulated in terms of pertinence, relevance, and utility — notions that agree with reader ex- perience of text. Differences readers are aware of are mostly based on utility — not on textual characteristics per se. Mostly, readers report stylistic differences in terms of genres. Genres, while vague and undefined, are well-established and talked about: very early on, readers learn to distinguish genres. This chapter discusses variation given by genre, and contrasts it to variation occasioned by individual choice.

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Springer Verlag , 2010, 8. 129-142 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-23657OAI: diva2:1042734
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