A Glasgow Voice: James Kelman’s Literary Language
Author: Christine Amanda Müller
Date Of Publication: Jun 2011
This book focuses on James Kelman, a leading Scottish author, and his use of language. It examines how Kelman presents a spoken Glasgow working-class voice in his stories while breaking down the traditional distinction made between speech and writing in literature. Three main themes are explored: the use of Glaswegian/Scots language, the inclusion of working-class discourse features, and an expressive preference for spoken over written forms. Kelman’s writing is approached through an examination of his use of punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, swearing, and body language. Throughout, examples from Kelman’s writing are analysed and statistical comparisons are made between his writing and the Scots Corpus of Texts and Speech. In summary, the reader will find a detailed and systematic analysis of Kelman’s use of language in literature, showing linguistic patterns, identifying key textual strategies and features, and comparing these to the standards that precede him and those that surround his work.
Dr Christine Amanda Müller is currently teaching English at Flinders University in Australia. Among her many interests is researching varieties of English, first-language interference in second-language learning, computer-assisted language learning, corpus linguistics, swearing, and nonverbal communication.
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