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dc.contributor.advisorAygen, Gulsaten_US
dc.contributor.advisorFreedman, Revaen_US
dc.contributor.authorWright, Melissaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-26T20:24:55Z
dc.date.available2019-11-26T20:24:55Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/21240
dc.descriptionAdvisors: Gulsat Aygen; Reva Freedman.en_US
dc.descriptionCommittee members: Betty Birner.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis study analyzed syntactic structures retrieved from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Specifically, the constituents and parts of speech within two types of text in the novel -- dialogue and descriptive/explanatory -- were examined, with the hypotheses that, between the dialogue and the descriptive texts within the narrative, one type would display longer syntactic structures and more embedded clauses, and that specific conjunctions occur more frequently within structures with these clauses. This study utilized natural language processing (NLP) to investigate syntactic length and frequency of parts of speech in the character dialogue and descriptive passages in this narrative. The hypotheses prove to be true, and I prove that Wilde's character dialogue provides simpler and smaller syntactic structures than the descriptive passages. The findings in this study illustrate the importance of context when studying linguistic features -- within a conversation, it may be a subconscious expectation that speakers will employ simpler constructions due to working memory (WM) load; however, when reading a descriptive passage within a written work, such limitations may not apply. The results of this study can enable future researchers to investigate linguistic components specific to an individual's written and oral speech patterns that may indicate linguistic-stylistic intricacies, unconscious conversational syntactic principles, and the process of clause embedding.en_US
dc.format.extentiii, 50 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshLinguisticsen_US
dc.subject.lcshComputer scienceen_US
dc.titleNatural language processing and syntactic differentiation : a corpus case studyen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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