Jane Austen fans and English literature instructors alike should take note of this digital research project from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Developed by a team of English scholars and students, Austen Says allows users to visualize and analyze the language patterns of Austen's most popular works. Word Frequencies is a great place to start. Here, visitors can view data about the unique vocabularies of specific characters in a select novel. Alternatively, visitors may opt to compare the vocabularies of characters with shared characteristics, such as age, gender, or character type (e.g. cad, fool, or heroine.) Meanwhile, the Novel Visualizations section allows visitors to view highlighted examples of Free Indirect Discourse (FID), a technique commonly used by Austen. Finally, visitors to this website will find a Search tool that allows visitors to find select words or phrases in all six of Austen's published novels.
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