Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

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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.
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"The book is well edited, very readable, and does not assume familiarity with sampling methods in corpus linguistics. It has a detailed table of contents and a helpful index." James K. Watters, Notes on Linguistics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521024112
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The comprehensive analysis of register variation 27
3 Sociocultural description of the four language situations 38
4 The linguistic bases of cross-linguistic register comparisons: a detailed quantitative comparison of English and Somali registers 59
5 Methodology 85
6 Multi-Dimensional analyses of the four languages 141
7 Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: synchronic similarities and differences 236
8 Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: diachronic similarities and differences 280
9 Registers and text types in English and Somali 314
10 Towards cross-linguistic universals of registers variation 359
Appendix I: Grammatical description of linguistic features in Korean 364
Appendix II: Grammatical description of linguistic features in Somali 381
Notes 403
References 415
Index 425
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