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Wed Nov 07 2007

Diss: Text/Corpus Ling: Wiesner: 'Framing Dance Writing: A Corpus L...'

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Message 1: Framing Dance Writing: A Corpus Linguistics Approach
Date: 04-Nov-2007
From: susan wiesner <slywiesnervirginia.edu>
Subject: Framing Dance Writing: A Corpus Linguistics Approach
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Institution: University of Surrey
Program: School of Arts, Communication and Humanities
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2007

Author: Susan L. Wiesner

Dissertation Title: Framing Dance Writing: A Corpus Linguistics Approach

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Dissertation Director:
Janet Adshead-Lansdale
Khurshid Ahmed

Dissertation Abstract:

Dance, as a specialist discipline, is examined in the context of research
in Corpus Linguistics that suggests that the lexicon used by those in a
specialist discipline offers insight into the concepts and ideologies of
that discipline. The hypothesis is that the lexicon of dance writing
demonstrates aesthetic concepts and theoretical approaches and beliefs
through generalised language patterns. In this thesis two disciplines
generally in tension with one another, Dance and Computer Science, are used
to discuss Dance as seen through the words of dance writers.

Dance writing is analysed through empirical data generated by a corpus of
written dance texts. Lexical patterns, conceptual metaphor, and an
ontological hierarchy are discussed in context within the discipline of
Dance. Findings are tested through empirical data generated by a case study
of one choreographer, Bill T. Jones, and from a corpus of texts about
Jones' work, Still/Here (1994). Jones' dance work is discussed both in
context and as context. Data is generated from descriptive and interpretive
analyses of Still/Here with a consideration of the work as autobiographical
narrative. These analyses provide a basis for a discussion of the shift in
context from the dance work to a review written by one critic, Arlene
Croce, and the privileging of interpretation over description in dance

Through the interdisciplinary approaches of Corpus Linguistics and Dance
Analysis it is possible to determine that: there is a specialist language
of dance writing; dance writing can be divided into categories based on
word choices; strengths, weaknesses, and changes in dance writing can be
found through comparative analyses of texts; through the language used in
written texts about individual choreographers and their dances, those
choreographers and their particular styles can be defined.

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