The Transitivity Analysis of Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’: A Corpus Based Study

The Transitivity Analysis of Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’: A Corpus Based Study

Authors

  • Um-e-Ammara M.Phil Scholar University of Management and Technology, Sialkot
  • Rehana Yasmin Anjum Assistant Professor University of Management and Technology, Sialkot

Keywords:

corpus linguistics, ideational metafunction, stream of consciousness, systemic functional linguistics,, transitivity analysis

Abstract

The current study was based on the theory of Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) (2014), which seeks language and its grammar as a meaning-making resource. Halliday (2014) distinguished three metafunctions, one of them is the ideational function which further involved transitivity system. Transitivity is specifically known as one of the methods of clause analysis which involved three components; participant, process, and circumstance. The research was confined to analyse the participants, process with their sub-types, and circumstances that occur in the clauses as well as to determine the dominant elements of transitivity. The purpose of the research was to explore the ideational or experiential meanings and it was delimited to corpusbased transitivity analysis to unfold human experiences and world view of personas in the narrative text of ‘Kew Gardens’ (1919; 1921) by Virginia Woolf. The study aimed to explore the literary style of narrative text written in stream of consciousness (SOC) technique by Woolf. Moreover, the research was based on corpus-based methodology. Quantitative data included the statistics, frequencies and percentages while qualitative data involved the interpretation of the results and facts. Corpus collection included the narrative fiction ‘Kew Gardens’. The analysis was conducted with the use of UAM corpus tool developed by O’Donnell (2009). The text file was first incorporated and then analysed through the tool by creating the annotation layer. The tool represented the statistics after annotation of the text. The total number of segments was 1214, words in segment were 7680, and tokens in segment were 8408. The result of analysis was quite significant. The research will be substantial for stylisticians and language researchers to analyse and interpret literary styles of different genres in literature.

Published

2020-06-18 — Updated on 2020-09-24

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How to Cite

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Ammara U- e-, Anjum RY. The Transitivity Analysis of Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’: A Corpus Based Study: The Transitivity Analysis of Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’: A Corpus Based Study. Corporum [Internet]. 2020Sep.24 [cited 2022Jan.29];2(2):16-73. Available from: https://journals.au.edu.pk/ojscrc/index.php/crc/article/view/47