Variety in written English — II: style

  • Dennis Freeborn
  • Peter French
  • David Langford
Part of the Studies in English Language series book series (SEL)


One of the defining features of literature is its special use of language. In many novels and short stories, in drama and especially in verse and poetry, language is itself foregrounded or ‘made strange’. Its style is different from that of other everyday uses. It is said to deviate from ordinary language. By applying to literary texts the methods of analysis which have been demonstrated on other varieties of English, you can discover interesting facts about the many different ways in which language is used in literature, and these will help in your evaluation of a literary work.


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  • Dennis Freeborn
  • Peter French
  • David Langford

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