Register, Genre, and Styleby Douglas Biber, Susan Conrad
Pub. Date: 12/31/2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book describes the most important kinds of texts in English and introduces the methodological techniques used to analyse them. Three analytical approaches are introduced and compared, describing a wide range of texts from the perspectives of register, genre and style. The primary focus of the book is on the analysis of registers. Part 1 introduces an analytical framework for studying registers, genre conventions, and styles. Part 2 provides detailed descriptions of particular text varieties in English, including spoken interpersonal varieties (conversation, university office hours, service encounters), written varieties (newspapers, academic prose, fiction), and emerging electronic varieties (e-mail, internet forums, text messages). Finally, Part 3 introduces advanced analytical approaches using corpora, and discusses theoretical concerns, such as the place of register studies in linguistics, and practical applications of register analysis. Each chapter ends with three types of activities: reflection and review activities, analysis activities, and larger project ideas.
Table of Contents1. Registers, genres, and styles: fundamental varieties of language; Part I. Analytical Framework: 2. Describing the situational characteristics of registers and genres; 3. Analysing linguistic features and their functions; Part II. Detailed Descriptions of Register, Genre and Style: 4. Interpersonal spoken registers; 5. Written registers, genres and styles; 6. Historical evolution of registers, genres and styles; 7. Registers and genres in electronic communication; Part III. Larger Theoretical Issues: 8. Multidimensional patterns of register variation; 9. Register studies in context; Appendix A. Annotation of major register/genre studies; Appendix B. Activity texts; References.
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