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Register, Genre, and Style

Register, Genre, and Style

by Douglas Biber, Susan Conrad
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521860601

ISBN-13: 9780521860604

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 analyze 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 register. Part 1 introduces an

Overview

This book describes the most important kinds of texts in English and introduces the methodological techniques used to analyze 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 register. 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 discuses 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: reflection and review activities, analysis activities, and larger project ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521860604
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics Series
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

1 Registers, genres, and styles: fundamental varieties of language 1

1.1 Text varieties in your daily life 1

1.2 Texts, varieties, registers, and dialects 4

1.3 Registers and register analysis: an overview 6

1.4 Different perspectives on text varieties: register, genre, style 15

1.5 Register/genre variation as a linguistic universal 23

1.6 Overview of the book 25

Part I Analytical framework

2 Describing the situational characteristics of registers and genres 31

2.1 Introduction 31

2.2 Issues in the identification of registers and genres 31

2.3 A framework for situational analysis 36

2.4 Applying the situational analytical framework in a register study 47

3 Analyzing linguistic features and their functions 50

3.1 Introduction 50

3.2 Fundamental issues for the linguistic analysis of registers 51

3.3 Conducting quantitative analyses 58

3.4 Deciding on the linguistic features to investigate 63

3.5 Functional interpretations 64

3.6 Textual conventions: the genre perspective 69

3.7 Pervasive linguistic features that are not directly functional: the style perspective 71

3.8 Embedded registers and genres 72

3.9 A short introduction to corpus linguistics 73

3.10 Small-scale versus large-scale register analyses 74

Part II Detailed descriptions of registers, genres, and styles

4 Interpersonal spoken registers 85

4.1 Introduction 85

4.2 Conversation 86

4.3 University office hours 96

4.4 Service encounters 102

4.5 Conclusion 105

5 Written registers, genres, and styles 109

5.1 Introduction 109

5.2 Situational characteristics of newspaper writing and academic prose 110

5.3 Linguisticfeatures in newspaper writing and academic prose 114

5.4 Variation within the general registers 124

5.5 More specific subregisters: research article sections 129

5.6 Research articles from a genre perspective 131

5.7 Variation in fiction due to style 132

5.8 Conclusion 139

6 Historical evolution of registers, genres, and styles 143

6.1 Introduction 143

6.2 Historical change I: the fictional novel 144

6.3 Historical change II: the scientific research article 157

6.4 Historical change in the patterns of register variation 166

7 Registers and genres in electronic communication 177

7.1 Introduction: new technology and new registers 177

7.2 Individual e-mail messages 178

7.3 E-forurn postings 190

7.4 Text messages 199

7.5 Chapter summary 208

Part III Larger theoretical issues

8 Multidimensional patterns of register variation 215

8.1 Comparing multiple registers 215

8.2 Introduction to multidimensional analysis 223

8.3 MD analysis of university spoken and written registers 226

8.4 Summary and conclusion 245

9 Register studies in context 253

9.1 Register studies in the broader context of linguistics 253

9.2 Register variation in languages other than English 256

9.3 Speech and writing 260

9.4 Register variation and sociolinguistics 264

9.5 Register studies in the broader context of the world 267

Appendix A Annotation of major register/genre studies (by Federica Barbieri) 271

Appendix B Activity texts 296

References 315

Index 339

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