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Questioning the text in the era of “mechanical intelligence”

Interroger le texte à l’ère de l’« intelligence mécanique »

Digital stylistics between disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies

La stylistique outillée, au carrefour du disciplinaire et de l’interdisciplinaire

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Published on Friday, February 22, 2019 by Céline Guilleux


Nous proposons d’interroger l’aspect outillé de cette discipline et appelons à présenter des retours d’expériences sur la question et souhaiterions questionner les apports de la stylistique outillée dans le cadre d’analyses contrastives.


11th and 12th of June 2019, Montpellier (France)


Following other international conferences that called for communication on advances in digital stylistics, this conference will focus on two more precise research questions:

The first one will question the digital and computational tools used by it and calls for methodological feedback and epistemological reflections:

Does digital stylistics only propose a method to analyze texts or is it likely to acquire more conceptual and epistemological legitimacy? In this case, how can these two dimensions be linked together? What are the consequences for interdisciplinary projects (linguistic, stylistic, literary, sociological, anthropological...)? Which place can digital stylistics occupy in those projects?

The second type of questions will focus on give a critical feedback on contributions of digital stylistics for contrasting analyses:

What can we try to compare in this case? To what extent do contrastive studies contribute to define this discipline (Underwood, 2014)?

 What are the data extraction and visualization techniques used in digital stylistics? How do they use the existing tools (key-words, clustering, AFC)? What are the specific problems posed by the contrasting dimension of stylistic analysis?

The questions proposed here are obviously not exhaustive. Papers may focus on corpora in French or on contrasting corpora. This conference invites researchers participating in projects integrating digital stylistics or working to build their own tools to present their experience.

Sending proposals

Proposals should not exceed 500 words (without bibliographic references) and may be submitted in French, German and English.

They will be available until March, 15th 2019

on the “SciencesConf” platform (https://mtpstyl2019.sciencesconf.org).

For any additional information, you can contact us by email at the following address: stylistiqueoutilleemontpellier@gmail.com

The notice of acceptance will be sent to participants in April 2019.

The publication of a selection of articles from this conference is planned.

Organizing Committee

  • Clémence Jacquot - Praxiling UMR 5267 CNRS - UPVM3
  • Sascha Diwersy - Praxiling UMR 5267 CNRS - UPVM3
  • Francesca Frontini - Praxiling UMR 5267 CNRS - UPVM3

Selected bibliography

Ablali D. et Kastberg-Sjöblom M. (dir.), Linguistique et littérature : Cluny, 40 ans après, Besançon, Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2010.

Adam J-M., Linguistique textuelle. Des genres de discours aux textes. Paris, Nathan, 2004.

Adam J-M. et Heidmann U, Sciences du texte et analyse de discours, Genève, Editions Slatkine, 2005.. Cambridge, UK; New York, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Brunet E., Comptes d’auteurs. Vol. 1 : Etudes statistiques de Rabelais à Gracq, Paris, H. Champion, 2009.https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/17.3.267

Garric, N. et Maurel-Indart, H. (dir.), Vers une automatisation de l’analyse textuelle, in Texto !, [En ligne], Volumes XV - no 4 (2010) et XVI - no 1 (2011)

Guiraud, P., Les Caractères statistiques du vocabulaire, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1954 http://corpus.revues.org/index472.html

Herrmann, J. B., Schöch, C. et van Dalen-Oskam, K., “Revisiting Style, a Key Concept in Literary Studies”, in : Journal of Literary Theory, 9/1, 2015, p. 25-52.

Jacquot, C., “Rêve d’une épiphanie du style : visibilité et saillance en stylistique et en stylométrie”, in : Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France n°3, 2016, p. 619-670

Lebart L. et Salem A., Statistique textuelle, Paris, Dunod, 1994.

Leech, G. N., et Short, M., Style in Fiction: A Linguistic Introduction to English Fictional Prose. London ; New York, Longman, 2007.

Magri-Mourgues, V. (dir.), Corpus, 5 “Corpus et stylistique”, 2006.

Mahlberg, M. Corpus Stylistics and Dickens’s Fiction. London, Routledge, 2013.

Maingueneau D. et Amossy R. (dir.), L’Analyse du discours dans les études littéraires, Toulouse, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2003.

Malrieu, D. & Rastier, F. (2001), « Genres et variations morphosyntaxiques », Traitement automatique des langues, vol. 42, n°2, pp. 548-577.

Molinié G. et Cahné P. (éds.), Qu'est-ce que le style ?, Paris, P.U.F, 1994.

Pincemin, B., « Modélisation textométrique des textes », JADT 2008, 9èmes Journées internationales d’Analyse statistique des Données Textuelles. Mar 2008, Lyon, France. Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2, p.949-960, 2008.

Rastier François. Arts et Sciences du texte, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2001.

Rastier, François. La Mesure et le grain, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2011.


  • Université Paul-Valéry (Site St Charles)
    Montpellier, France (34)


  • Friday, March 15, 2019


  • digital stylistics, literature, methodology, multidisciplinarity


  • Clémence Jacquot
    courriel : stylistiqueoutilleemontpellier [at] gmail [dot] com

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  • Clémence Jacquot
    courriel : stylistiqueoutilleemontpellier [at] gmail [dot] com

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