Aspects of Conrad's Literary Language

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Why did Joseph Conrad avoid using English, except when it came to the arduous task of writing fiction? And how do we account for his extensive "borrowing" from French writers? This psycholinguistic examination delves into the creative mind of Conrad in an attempt to decipher his learning and use of three languages, Polish, French, and English. Following a trail of syntactical eccentricities and considerable stylistic variations, Lucas shows how these features interact to produce...

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Overview

Why did Joseph Conrad avoid using English, except when it came to the arduous task of writing fiction? And how do we account for his extensive "borrowing" from French writers? This psycholinguistic examination delves into the creative mind of Conrad in an attempt to decipher his learning and use of three languages, Polish, French, and English. Following a trail of syntactical eccentricities and considerable stylistic variations, Lucas shows how these features interact to produce Conrad's idiosyncratic style.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780880339841
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 10/25/2000
  • Series: EEM Social Science Monographs Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Michael A. Lucas is professor of English in the Departamento de Artes y Letras at the Universidad del Bio-Bio in Chillan, Chile.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Justifications 1
Ch. 1 Introduction 7
Ch. 2 Conrad's Acquisition of Languages 21
Ch. 3 The Selected Features 35
Ch. 4 Conrad's Eccentricities 53
Ch. 5 Conrad's Development 67
Ch. 6 Variations in the Early Works 121
Ch. 7 Voices in Narration and Conversation 159
Ch. 8 Conrad's Nominal Style 199
App.: One 217
App.: Two 219
Glossary of Grammatical Terms 225
Works Cited 229
Index of Names 233
Index of Conrad's Works 235
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