© 2004

Investigating Dickens’ Style

A Collocational Analysis

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 3-29
  3. Collocation in Dickens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 33-56
    3. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 57-96
  4. Case Study: Collocations in Bleak House

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 117-170
    3. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 171-183
    4. Masahiro Hori
      Pages 205-208
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-251

About this book


This new, corpus-driven approach to the study of language and style of literary texts makes use of the Dickens' 4.6 million-word corpus for a detailed examination of patterns of lexical collocations. It offers new insights into Dickens' linguistic innovation, together with a nuanced understanding of his use of language to achieve stylistic ends. At the centre of the study is a close analysis of the two narratives in Bleak House , read as a focal point for consideration of Dickens' stylistic development through his whole writing life.


bibliography Charles Dickens corpus dialogue history history of literature knowledge language style subject understanding writing

About the authors

MASAHIRO HORI is Professor of English Linguistics and Stylistics at Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan. He co-authored a series of books, My Word, with Gerald Sullivan, and co-translated Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Roderick Random in Japanese.

Bibliographic information


'Combining quantitative computer-generated evidence with discriminating analysis, Hori offers many new insights into Dickens's style. Comparisons with other novelists enable him to establish incontrovertible claims for Dickens's distinctiveness, even as comparisons between Dickens's own works, and between the two narratives of Bleak House, provide fascinating results. This is a pioneering book in stylistic analysis, and a valuable contribution to the study of Dickens.' - Paul Schlicke, President of the International Dickens Fellowship

'This well-documented book ofers a thorough, fresh outlook on the much-discusses question of Dickens's style.' - Cercles