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A Stylistic Analysis on Three Short Stories of O. Henry

Author LiJia
Tutor LvHong
School Dalian Maritime University
Course Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Keywords Stylistic Stylistic Analysis O. Henry Short story
Type Master's thesis
Year 2010
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O. Henry is one of the most important writers of the early twentieth century American literary history , its works by the love and praise of readers around the world . Past studies have evaluated their work done and more from the literary point of view, and little attention to the levels of Linguistics and Stylistics . Selected three short stories of O. Henry - Gift of the Magi \the theory is based on the level of the word lines , vocabulary , syntax and semantics of quantitative analysis , and find out at all levels of the stylistic features contrast BROWN and LOB corpus . Level of word lines , and BROWN and LOB corpus compared , 3OHENRY more frequent use of quotation marks , question marks and exclamation average paragraph length is greater than the first two . In addition , selected three novels more use periods and commas . Lexical level , 3OHENRY than BROWN and LOB word length shorter pronouns more ; 3OHENRY nouns percentage is greater than the other parts of speech . Syntactic selected discourse most significant stylistic features is the use of short sentences , sentence fragments , and less use of the passive voice . Semantic level , 3OHENRY corpus of discourse more using the formulation of the third person , and makes use of a variety of cohesive devices and rhetorical article concise and vivid . O. Henry -style twists and turns as its emblem at the end is very significant and is noteworthy characteristics.

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