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[Xmca-l] Voloshinov or Bakhtin? Stylometric analysis
Reading the "Social memory in Soviet thought" chapter in Harry Daniels'
Introduction to Vygotsky, I was surprised to learn that there is an
authorship debate around the work of the post-Vygotsky writer Voloshinov
(whom, to be honest, I had never heard of before today). Apparently much of
his work was later attributed to Bakhtin.
This caught my interest because I have been playing around with the Stylo
suite for R, which does Stylometric analysis. Stylo is being used in a
number of interesting projects to make claims about authorship. If anyone
sees this Voloshinov/Bakhtin question as being valid and worth pursuing, I
would be happy to spend an evening plugging the texts into R to see what
comes out. The only hurdle for me would be getting digital versions of the
texts in Russian - unfortunately that is beyond my linguistic and Google
Doctoral candidate, Oxford University