Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $92.84
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 7%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (5) from $92.84   
  • New (4) from $92.84   
  • Used (1) from $134.39   


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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
Read More Show Less

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
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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)