Monday, August 17, 2020

Monday, August 17, 2020 12:53 am by M. in ,    No comments
A recent paper on computer-based language analysis method and the results reading Wuthering Heights:
The narrative arc: Revealing core narrative structures through text analysis
Ryan L. Boyd1, Kate G. Blackburn and W. Pennebaker
Science Advances  07 Aug 2020: Vol. 6, no. 32,

Scholars across disciplines have long debated the existence of a common structure that underlies narratives. Using computer-based language analysis methods, several structural and psychological categories of language were measured across ~40,000 traditional narratives (e.g., novels and movie scripts) and ~20,000 nontraditional narratives (science reporting in newspaper articles, TED talks, and Supreme Court opinions). Across traditional narratives, a consistent underlying story structure emerged that revealed three primary processes: staging, plot progression, and cognitive tension. No evidence emerged to indicate that adherence to normative story structures was related to the popularity of the story. Last, analysis of fact-driven texts revealed structures that differed from story-based narratives.
One of the text examples that can be seen on the Arc of Narrative website is Wuthering Heights:


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