Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

by Douglas Biber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521473314

ISBN-13: 9780521473316

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

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 well as…  See more details below

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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:
9780521473316
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2The comprehensive analysis of register variation27
3Sociocultural description of the four language situations38
4The linguistic bases of cross-linguistic register comparisons: a detailed quantitative comparison of English and Somali registers59
5Methodology85
6Multi-Dimensional analyses of the four languages141
7Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: synchronic similarities and differences236
8Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: diachronic similarities and differences280
9Registers and text types in English and Somali314
10Towards cross-linguistic universals of registers variation359
Appendix I: Grammatical description of linguistic features in Korean364
Appendix II: Grammatical description of linguistic features in Somali381
Notes403
References415
Index425

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