Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison by Douglas BiberDimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison by Douglas Biber

Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison

byDouglas Biber

Paperback | February 13, 2006

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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.
Title:Dimensions of Register Variation: A Cross-Linguistic ComparisonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:February 13, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521024110

ISBN - 13:9780521024112

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. The comprehensive analysis of register variation; 3. Sociocultural description of the four language situations; 4. The linguistic bases of cross-linguistic register comparisons: a detailed quantitative comparison of English and Somali registers. 5. Methodology; 6. Multi-dimensional analyses of the four languages; 7. Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: synchronic similarities and differences; 8. Cross-linguistic patterns of register variation: diachronic similarities and differences; 9. Registers and text types in English and Somali; 10. Towards cross-linguistic universals of register variation; Appendices; Notes; References; Index.

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"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