|aEnglish and empire :|bliterary history, dialect, and the digital archive /|cDavid West Brown.
|aCambridge, United Kingdom ;|aNew York, NY, USA :|bCambridge University Press,|c2018.
|axvii, 351 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm.
|aStudies in English language
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|aLiterary dialect, race, and empire -- Corpus design -- An overview of data and the digital toolkit -- Case #1: African diasporic dialogue -- Case #2: Indian dialogue -- Case #3: Chinese dialogue -- The enduring power of mimicry and the politics of measurement.
|a"'English and Empire: literary history, dialect, and the digital archive' combining statistical modelling and archival study, investigates how African diasporic, Chinese, and Indian characters have been voiced in British fiction and drama produced between 1768 and 1929. The analysis connects patterns of linguistic representation to changes in the imperial political economy, to evolving language ideologies that circulate in the Anglophone world, and to shifts in sociocultural anxieties that crosscut race and empire. In carrying out his investigation, David West Brown makes the case for a methodological approach that links the distant (quantitative) and close (qualitative) reading of diverse digital artefacts. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the book will appeal to a variety of scholars and students including sociolinguists interested in historical language variation, as well as literary scholars interested in postcolonial studies and the digital humanities"--|cProvided by publisher.