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  • Karla Csürös
    The “unthinkable complexity” of cyberpunk: a corpus stylistic approach to William Gibson’s Sprawl series Topic
    Karla CSÜRÖS MA Student
    Claudia Doroholschi, Dr.,  Assist. Prof.

    Madalina Chitez, Dr. Habil., Senior Researcher (Assoc. Prof.)

    Thesis Coordinators
    January 2022 Start
    July 2022 End

    The main aim of the MA Thesis is to explore what new insights corpus stylistics methods can provide to the first cyberpunk series, namely William Gibson’s Sprawl (1981-1988), encompassing the novels Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive, as well as the short stories “Johnny Mnemonic”, “New Rose Hotel” and “Burning Chrome”. While there is an extensive body of literary criticism that discusses Gibson’s fiction, there is very little focus on Gibson’s use of language that makes his writing distinctively cyberpunk. That is why the study provides an innovative stylistic approach to Gibson’s cyberpunk that connects linguistic findings from a corpus-based methodology with the large body of existing literary criticism on cyberpunk.

    Brief presentation of the thesis
    Methodological model for corpus based cyberpunk analyses

    SPRAWL Short Cluster Functions

    Applied result of the thesis

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  • Delia Prohap
    Words about Books: A corpus-based analysis of the language of popular BookTubers in the Anglo-American space


    Roxana-Delia PROHAP

    MA Student

    Mădălina Chitez, Dr. Habil., Senior Researcher (Assoc. Prof.)

    Thesis Coordinator

    November 2023


    July 2024 (planned)


    BookTube, a YouTube community that is made up of people who share a passion for reading, is rapidly growing and developing. As a result, it started attracting considerable interest. However, there seems to be little published data on the Anglo-American BookTube community. To address the scant attention this topic received in the research literature, this dissertation aims to examine the language of six of the most popular BookTubers in the Anglo-American space by adopting a corpus-based approach

    Brief presentation of the thesis

    What are the main linguistic features in BookTubers’ speech? I argue that it is the language BookTubers use in their videos that makes audiences accept their book reviews and be interested in their recommendations. Thus, relevant information such as keywords for book review presentations, engagement markers as well as the manner in which personal viewpoints are expressed will be quantified and interpreted.

    Applied result of the thesis

    Word cloud from BookTuber’s discourse:

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