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Pedagogical Stylistics in the 21st Century

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  • Reviews recent research and developments within the sub-field of pedagogical stylistics
  • Reports critically on work on selected important new areas of stylistics, including the 'cognitive turn'
  • Foregrounds evidence-based studies on actual classroom usage of stylistic methods

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This edited book provides cutting edge contributions from an international array of prominent experts who discuss the relevance of pedagogical stylistics in relation to diverse contexts and areas, including empirical approaches, corpus stylistics, creative writing, literary-linguistic criticism, students as researchers, critical discourse, academic register, text-world pedagogy, cognitive stylistics, classroom discourse, language of literary texts, L1/L2 education, EFL learners, and multimodal stylistics. Intended as a follow-up to Watson and Zyngier (2007), this volume situates the reader by offering a broad assessment of how the field has developed during the past 15 years and where it stands now. By examining both contemporary research and future challenges, it should be regarded as essential reading for all teachers, researchers, scholars, and students interested in understanding language and how to apply stylistics in educational settings. This book will be of interest to students and scholars working in stylistics, cognitive linguistics, language teaching, applied linguistics, literary studies, and materials development. 

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Assessing and Broadening the Scope of Pedagogical Stylistics

  2. Cognitive Perspectives

  3. Reader Engagement and Feelings

  4. Innovations in the Educational Setting

Editors and Affiliations

  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Sonia Zyngier

  • University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

    Greg Watson

About the editors

Sonia Zyngier is Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her relevant publications include ‘Postscript: Pedagogical stylistics: Past and Future’ (Language and Literature, 2020), and Language, Discourse, Style: Selected works of John McH. Sinclair (2016). She has co-authored, Scientific Methods for the Humanities (2012), Scientific Approaches to Literature in Learning Environments (2016), and a chapter in Innovations in Language Learning and Teaching (2020). She is an English language coordinator for Fundação CECIERJ, and co-edits the Linguistic Approaches to Literature series (John Benjamins).


Greg Watson has published widely in linguistic stylistics, pedagogical stylistics, and language contact studies. He is a former Professor of English Language and Culture at the University of Eastern Finland, Adjunct Professor in Sociolinguistics at the University of Tampere, andAdjunct Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oulu. His publications include Doin’ Mudrooroo. Elements of Style and Involvement in the Early Prose Fiction of Mudrooroo (1997), and The State of Stylistics (2008). He has also co-edited Finno-Ugric Language Contacts (2006), and Literature and Stylistics for Language Learners (2007).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Pedagogical Stylistics in the 21st Century

  • Editors: Sonia Zyngier, Greg Watson

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-83608-5Published: 22 February 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-83611-5Published: 23 February 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-83609-2Published: 21 February 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXII, 405

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Stylistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Language and Literature, Language Education, Corpus Linguistics

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