Stylometry and corpus stylistics: suggested readings

Style, by Dr Case from Flickr. CC BY-NC
Style, by Dr Case from Flickr. CC BY-NC

Some members of the audience at yesterday’s seminar at The Open University asked us about the methods we are employing in our research. As an answer, we include here some of the key works that are inspiring our research.


Burrows, John. 2002. ‘“Delta”: a Measure of Stylistic Difference and a Guide to Likely Authorship’. Lit Linguist Computing 17 (3): 267–87. doi:10.1093/llc/17.3.267.

Burrows, John. 2007. ‘All the Way Through: Testing for Authorship in Different Frequency Strata’. Lit Linguist Computing 22 (1): 27–47. doi:10.1093/llc/fqi067.

Hoover, David L. 2002. ‘Frequent Word Sequences and Statistical Stylistics’. Literary and Linguistic Computing 17 (2): 157–80. doi:10.1093/llc/17.2.157.

Collaborative Authorship
Lang, Anouk. 2016. ‘Stylo and the Stevensons’. Anouk Lang. July 13.

Rybicki, Jan, David Hoover, and Mike Kestemont. 2014. ‘Collaborative Authorship: Conrad, Ford and Rolling Delta’. Literary and Linguistic Computing 29 (3): 422–31. doi:10.1093/llc/fqu016.
Hulle, Dirk van, and Mike Kestemont. 2016. ‘Periodizing Samuel Beckett’s Works: A Stylochronometric Approach’. Style 50 (2): 172-202.

Corpus Stylistics

Mahlberg, Michaela. 2012. Corpus Stylistics and Dickens’s Fiction. Routledge.

Mahlberg, Michaela. 2007. ‘Clusters, Key Clusters and Local Textual Functions in Dickens’. Corpora 2 (1): 1–31. doi:10.3366/cor.2007.2.1.1.

Style and meaning

Pennebaker, James W. 2011. The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us. Bloomsbury Publishing USA.

Herrmann J. Berenike, Dalen-Oskam Karina van, and Christof Schöch. 2015. ‘Revisiting Style, a Key Concept in Literary Studies’. Journal of Literary Theory 9 (1): 25–52. doi:10.1515/jlt-2015-0003.

Ongoing projects

The Riddle of Literary Quality, Huygens Institute
Stanford Literary Lab

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