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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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Figures of Speech: Language and the Family Dynamic

Figures of Speech: Language and the Family Dynamic

(p.146) 4 Figures of Speech: Language and the Family Dynamic
Metaphors of Change in the Language of Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Megan Perigoe Stitt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the influence of family on the language, culture, and dialect of an individual. The influence of culture mixes and pressures on language, the individual's deviation from familial influence by matter of choice, and the influences brought about by the different stages of civilization are also analyzed. Important novels that mirror the influence of family, civilization, and cultural mix are discussed in this chapter to provide a better understanding of language and speech. Among the discussed novels are Guy Mannering, Wives and Daughters, and In the Heart of Midlothian. All these novels provide imagery of how language is acquired, developed, and changed in an individual and the society as a whole.

Keywords:   language, family, influence of family, speech, Guy Mannering, Wives and Daughters

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