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Stylistic Analysis: Insight into the Subtle Delivery of Meaning
文筆分析 : 探究達意技巧微妙處

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Start Date
18 Feb 2024 (Sun)
45 hours
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This course aims to give students a working understanding of stylistics so that they may employ stylistic techniques in their own work.

Stylistic analysis is the identification and description of style features in written (and spoken) language to explain how such stylistic features evoke particular feelings and responses, intended by the author, in the mind of the reader (or listener). The discipline relates linguistic facts (linguistic description) to meaning (interpretation) in as objective and explicit a way as possible, given that some stylistic techniques can be indirect and have a subliminal effect. In short, we aim to understand how skilled authors subtly influence the delivery of meaning.

The course provides guided critical readings of a wide variety of texts of different genres (fiction, drama, poetry, advertising, business, journalism, legal texts, etc.) to expand students’ lexical and rhetorical repertoire, and to apply the skills and vocabulary thereby gained through working on:

an analysis essay (voluntary) and written and oral in-class exercises
The principal focus will be the written word, with reference being made to spoken language where appropriate.
The determined student should finish with a more proficient and effective personal writing style and a more penetrating understanding of texts written by others.

Programme Details

This course will cover:

  • The various kinds of ‘deviation’ (discoursal, semantic, lexical, grammatical, etc.) and how their psychological effect (‘foregrounding’) works through not conforming to what is linguistically normal
  • Rhetorical devices
  • Parallelism and the ‘parallelism rule’
  • Style variation (dialect, medium, tenor/register, domain, etc.)
  • Discourse structure and the modes of speech & thought presentation
  • Phonetic structure (the ‘sound effects’ of written language: rhyme, alliteration, sound symbolism, etc.)
  • Metrical structure (rhythm & metre, stress, timing, natural/rhythmical ‘reading’, etc.)
  • Dialogue/conversational aspects (point of view, context, speech realism, etc.)
  • Assumptions/presuppositions, conversational rules, and the inference of meaning
  • Linguistic indicators of viewpoint (value-laden expressions, sequencing, deixis, etc.)
  • Narrative and descriptive style
About the Trainer

Mr Peter Brokenshire, British English elocution and accent reduction trainer,  was raised in Malaya and educated in England. He graduated in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) and joined the British Army, first in the infantry and then as an intelligence analyst, and met his wife in Hong Kong in 1982. He was then self-employed in sales and IT, and gained a BSc in Natural Sciences and an MSc in e-Commerce. He then worked for the Department for Transport in IT procurement, negotiating and managing large data management, IT services and software development contracts. In 2012 he returned to the Far East and teaches English and elocution in various tertiary education institutes in China and Hong Kong. His interests include languages, history, natural sciences and fish keeping.

Students will be impressed by his sense of humour and dynamic teaching methods. 

You may also be interested in the following courses:

British English Elocution for Teachers 
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British English Elocution (3)

Stylistic Analysis: Insight into the Subtle Delivery of Meaning Apply Online Now
Application Code 2170-1188NW
Start Date 18 Feb 2024 (Sun)
Time 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (HPSHCC) Campus
Tutor Mr. Peter Brokenshire
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Days / Time
  • Sunday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 15 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$5,600

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be graduates and willing to take part in discussions and practical in-class exercises, ideally with little inhibition. They should be reasonably confident and fluent English speakers.


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1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

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  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
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  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres. 
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