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Title: Investigating the extent of simplification and its consequences for meaning and effect : with special reference to Katherine Mansfield's The Garden Party
Author: Chang, Shu-Chen
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2012
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In this thesis, I explore the meaning and effect differences between originals and their simplified versions and how to carry out systematic comparative analysis in this regard. By using 'The garden party' by Katherine Mansfield and its three simplifications, I aim to investigate (1) the extent of simplification in different versions and (2) whether the simplified versions can represent the general meanings and style of the original model. Two analytical approaches are adopted to fulfil the research aims. The first one is derived and modified from text reuse studies. I code instances of deletion, summarisation, and linguistic modification into the three comparisons. With this approach, I assess the extent of simplification and analyse the most heavily simplified text parts. The second approach is Semino and Short's (2004) analysis of Speech, Writing and Thought Presentation as Mansfield is well-known for her manipulation of discourse presentation to bring her characters to life and communicate to readers. This framework is characterised by having explicit linguistic criteria and allowing a quantitative and qualitative analyses of the stylistic differences between different texts. Detailed linguistic-stylistic analyses are also applied throughout.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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