Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

by Douglas Biber
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521024110

ISBN-13: 9780521024112

Pub. Date: 02/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Douglas Biber's new book extends and refines the research and methodology reported in his ground-breaking Variation Across Speech and Writing (1988), and adds for the first time a diachronic dimension. In it he gives a linguistic analysis of register in four widely differing languages: English, Nukulaelae Tuvaluan, Korean, and Somali. Striking similarities as

Overview

Douglas Biber's new book extends and refines the research and methodology reported in his ground-breaking Variation Across Speech and Writing (1988), and adds for the first time a diachronic dimension. In it he gives a linguistic analysis of register in four widely differing languages: English, Nukulaelae Tuvaluan, Korean, and Somali. Striking similarities as well as differences emerge, allowing Biber to predict for the first time cross-linguistic universals of register variation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521024112
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. The comprehensive analysis of register variation; 3. Sociocultural description of the four language situations; 4. The linguistic bases of cross-linguistic register comparisons: a detailed quantitative comparison of English and Somali registers. 5. Methodology; 6. Multi-dimensional analyses of the four languages; 7. Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: synchronic similarities and differences; 8. Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: diachronic similarities and differences; 9. Registers and text types in English and Somali; 10. Towards cross-linguistic universals of register variation; Appendices; Notes; References; Index.

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