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  • 1 California State University East Bay Department of Anthropology Hayward CA 94542-3039 USA
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Abstract  

Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish writer in the Gothic tradition, an innovator of the genre of the supernatural tale, and master story-teller, whose use of language we examine here; his use of the core linguistic features of words, syntax and sounds for literary expression and his use of narrative and dialogue and of the registers (speech and written styles) and dialects of his speech community for a sense of realism and authenticity. We also examine the difference between written and the spoken language, and the way Le Fanu imparted to the written word the features of the Irish oral story-telling tradition.