The Korean Association for the Study of English Language and Linguistics

Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 19 , No. 1

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Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 120-141
Abbreviation: KASELL
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Mar 2019
Received 06 Feb 2019 Revised 10 Mar 2019 Accepted 19 Mar 2019

코퍼스 문체론적 방법에 기반한 조너선 스위프트의 문체 분석: 『걸리버 여행기』와『통 이야기』를 중심으로
이혜수 ; 전문기**
교수, 영어영문학과, 건국대학교, 서울시 광진구 능동로 120, Tel: 02) 2049-6266 (
교수, 영어영문학과, 건국대학교, 서울시 광진구 능동로 120, Tel: 02) 450-3356 (

A corpus stylistic analysis of Jonathan Swift's writing style in Gulliver’s Travels and A Tale of a Tub
Lee, Hye-Soo ; Moongee Jeon**
Professor, Dept. of English, Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, Korea, Tel: 02) 2049-6266 (
Professor, Dept. of English, Konkuk University, 120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 05029, Korea, Tel: 02) 450-3356 (
Correspondence to : 전문기 교수, 영어영문학과, 건국대학교, 서울시 광진구 능동로 120 Tel: 02) 450-3356 E-mail:

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Lee, Hye-Soo and Moongee Jeon. 2019. A corpus stylistic analysis of Jonathan Swift's writing style in Gulliver’s Travels and A Tale of a Tub. Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 19-1, 120-141. This study investigates the literary texts of Jonathan Swift to analyze his writing style through a corpus stylistic method. Specifically, this study compares Gulliver’s Travels with A Tale of a Tub based on a wide variety of linguistic measures from a computer system, Coh-Metrix, in order to examine the effect of distinctive genres—narrative genre and non-narrative genre in particular—on writing style. The measures of Coh-Metrix for this study includes basic counts (the number of words, the number of sentences, the number of paragraphs, word length, sentence length), word frequency, lexical diversity (type-token ration), word information (imageability, concreteness, age of acquisition), pronoun (first person pronoun, second person pronoun, third person pronoun), connectives (causal connectives, additive connectives, temporal connectives), part of speech(noun, verb, adjective, adverb), standard readability index (Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, Flesch Reading Ease score), syntax structure (noun density, the number of words before main verb), and cohesion (argument overlap for adjacent sentences, argument overlap for all sentences) measures. Our findings show that there are significant differences between Gulliver's Travels and A Tale of a Tub according to the results from the most Coh-Metrix measures analyzed for this study. Thereby we suggest that the writing style of Jonathan Swift is dramatically affected by the distinctive genres, narrative genre and non-narrative genre.

Keywords: corpus stylistics, corpus linguistics, stylistics, writing style analysis, Jonathan Swift, Coh-Metrix, Gulliver’s Travels, A Tale of a Tub


이 논문은 2016년도 건국대학교 KU학술연구비 지원에 의한 논문임.

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