A Corpus-driven Stylistic Analysis of Hardy's Novels


  • Muhammad Ansar Ejaz GC University, Faisalabad Email: [email protected]
  • Dr. Sajid Ahmad Govt. Post Graduate College, Faisalabad
  • Dr. Sajid Ali Govt. Graduate College, Faisalabad
  • Aamir Nazeer GC University, Faisalabad


Collocations, Corpus Driven Stylistics Analysis, Hardy, Novel


Stylistics is the study of impressions that a writer wants to produce. It has been critical for the interpretation and understanding of literary texts. Corpus-driven stylistics analysis employs a variety of computer-run techniques to analyze texts on a scientific basis. It studies a large number of corpora to find out the style of the writers and the way they inject themes through their styles. Thomas Hardy is well known throughout the world for his peculiar style of injecting themes in the keywords and collocations of the text. The current research study has analyzed the text of the novel The Return of the Native by Hardy to find out how he uses words and collocation patterns to support his themes using two software namely AntConc and Wmatrix. The results have been interpreted in accordance with the model presented by Mahlberg (2013) This study has found that Hardy is very much deliberate in the selection and placement of lexical items. He masterfully supports his themes with the help of the selection and placement of lexical items. The research will help teachers and students in understanding writers’ styles. Future researchers are suggested to work on novels by Hardy or other writers for the production of more comprehensive results.


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How to Cite

Ejaz, M. A. ., Ahmad, D. S. ., Ali, D. S. ., & Nazeer, A. . (2022). A Corpus-driven Stylistic Analysis of Hardy’s Novels. Pakistan Journal of Languages and Translation Studies, 10(2), 113–130. Retrieved from https://pjlts.uog.edu.pk/index.php/pjlts/article/view/30