Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Register

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This collection brings together several perspectives on language varieties defined according to their contexts of use—what are variously called registers, sublanguages, or genres. The volume highlights the importance of these central linguistic phenomena; it includes empirical analyses and linguistic descriptions, as well as explanations for existing patterns of variation and proposals for theoretical frameworks. The book treats languages in obsolescence and in their youth; it examines registers from languages ...

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Overview

This collection brings together several perspectives on language varieties defined according to their contexts of use—what are variously called registers, sublanguages, or genres. The volume highlights the importance of these central linguistic phenomena; it includes empirical analyses and linguistic descriptions, as well as explanations for existing patterns of variation and proposals for theoretical frameworks. The book treats languages in obsolescence and in their youth; it examines registers from languages from around the globe; and it offers several of the most complete studies of registers and register variation published to date, adopting both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

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"[A] significant collection....The book has succeeded admirably....An invaluable resource for those concerned with the socially situated side of language, whether it concerns dialect variation, interlanguage, or any other type of variation within language. This collection is a significant and useful contribution to sociolinguisics that is worthy of a 'must read' designation."—Studies in Second Language Acquisition

"Biber's studies raise a major methodological issue which has considerable ramifications for the view we take of language....A well-presented book."—Language in Society

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University of Southern California

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: Situating Register in Sociolinguistics 3
1 Dialect, Register, and Genre: Working Assumptions About Conventionalization 15
2 An Analytical Framework for Register Studies 31
3 On the Creation and Expansion of Registers: Sports Reporting in Tok Pisin 59
4 Shared Thinking and the Register of Coaching 82
5 Stories That Step into the Future 106
6 Me Tarzan, You Jane: Linguistic Simplification in "Personal Ads" Register 136
7 A Corpus-Based Analysis of Register Variation in Korean 157
8 Linguistic Correlates of the Transition to Literacy in Somali: Language Adaptation in Six Press Registers 182
9 Stylistic Variation in a Language Restricted to Private-Sphere Use 217
10 Addressee- and Topic-Influenced Style Shift: A Quantitative Sociolinguistic Study 235
11 Situational Variation in Children's Language Revisited 277
12 Diglossia as a Special Case of Register Variation 294
13 Register and Social Dialect Variation: An Integrated Approach 315
14 Register: A Review of Empirical Research 351
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