Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Register

Hardcover | June 1, 1994

EditorDouglas Biber, Edward Finegan

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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 andlinguistic 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 studiesof registers and register variation published to date, adopting both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

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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 andlinguistic descriptions, as well as explanatio...

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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. Highlighting the importance of register variation, the volume includes empirical analyses and linguistic descriptions, as well as explanations for existing...

Douglas Biber is at Northern Arizona University. Edward Finegan is at University of Southern California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 1.42 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"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