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Linguistic study of methods of representation of speech and thought in selected Modern Greek literary texts

Karagevrekis, Mersini (1992) Linguistic study of methods of representation of speech and thought in selected Modern Greek literary texts. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis attempts a systematic analysis of the stylistic devices used in Modern Greek fictional writing for the representation of a character's speech and thought. It specifically focuses on the study of those techniques in which the narrator's overtness is kept to a minimum, i.e. Free Indirect Discourse, also known as "style indirect libre", and Quoted Monologue. The present study consists of four chapters. Chapter 1 discusses areas of narrative structure of which many contradictory accounts are offered, and critics' attempts to define modes of consciousness. It also briefly outlines the Modern Greek tense system as a basis for the subsequent analysis of Modern Greek fictional devices. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are the analytical chapters where speech and thought presentation techniques, ranging from the more diegetic to the more mimetic, are investigated. In the analysis speech and thought presentation modes are treated separately not only for reasons of clarity but because their effects are different. My examples are taken from selected nineteenth and twentieth century Modern Greek literary texts. The passages are given in the original Greek but a translation in English is also included. Chapter 2 deals with speech. All five speech categories (Le. Narrative Report of Speech Acts, Indirect Speech, Free Indirect Speech, Direct Speech and Free Direct Speech) are examined but special emphasis is placed on the analysis of Free Indirect Speech and on the identification of its markers in first and third-person narratives. Chapter 3 specifically concentrates on the analysis of Free Indirect Thought in first and third-person narratives and on the isolation of its indices. Its effects are also examined. Chapter 4 studies the technique of Quoted Monologue in first and third-person narratives. It also includes a discussion of its effects. My conclusion summarizes the results of the research and underlines the necessity for further investigation in this area.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Linguistics
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > School of Languages Cultures and Societies (Leeds) > Linguistics & Phonetics (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.251129
Depositing User: Ethos Import
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2018 12:04
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 12:04
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/21073

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