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Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century FictionScott, Gaskell, and Kingsley$
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Megan Perigoe Stitt

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184423.001.0001

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Rocks and Living Tongues: Inductive Science and the Novels of the Present

Rocks and Living Tongues: Inductive Science and the Novels of the Present

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Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction
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Megan Perigoe Stitt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184423.003.0003

Geologists at the end of the 18th century began to shift their focus to organic proofs of change. The same trend was also happening in the field of philology and language as the anxiety of language loss lead to the emergence of new ways to approach language. This chapter discusses the different strata of language that defines the language of the moment. In this chapter, the novels of the Scott, Gaskell, and Kingsley are once again analyzed together with the works of Mary Barton, Walter Scott, and Alton Locke. The textual analysis of their works lends a better understanding of the decay and the rebirth of language, the organic nature of language, the different strata that illustrates changes in language, and the genealogy of language.

Keywords:   philology, language, genealogy, Mary Barton, Alton Locke, Walter Scott

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