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Register, Genre, and Style

2nd Edition


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  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108444088

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  • A fully updated and expanded second edition of this flagship work, which introduces methodological techniques to carry out analyses of text varieties, and provides descriptions of the most important text varieties in English. Part I introduces an analytical framework for studying registers, genre conventions, and styles, while Part II provides more detailed corpus-based descriptions of text varieties in English, including spoken interpersonal varieties, general and professional written varieties and emerging electronic varieties. Part III introduces more advanced analytical approaches and deals with larger theoretical concerns, such as the relationship between register studies and other sub-disciplines of linguistics, and practical applications of register analysis. A new chapter on EAP and ESP has been added, with new sections on the important differences between academic writing in the humanities and sciences, and a case study on engineering reports as an ESP register and genre. Coverage of new electronic registers has been updated, and a new analysis of hybrid registers has been added.

    • Teaches readers how to analyse text varieties, as well as providing detailed descriptions of different kinds of texts
    • Includes new material on social media registers and the stylistics of other forms of online communication
    • Each chapter ends with activities for the reader to apply and practice the analyses they read about including 'Reflection and Review' activities, 'Analysis Practice' activities and 'Project Ideas'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is an excellent discourse analysis resource for both students and professionals from all research orientations. It includes very detailed frameworks for situational, linguistic, and functional analyses of variation.' Viviana Cortes, Georgia State University

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108444088
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 49 b/w illus. 29 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. 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 Registers, Genres, and Styles:
    4. Interpersonal spoken registers
    5. Written registers, genres, and styles
    6. Academic and professional written registers
    7. Registers and genres in interpersonal electronic communication
    8. Historical evolution of registers, genres, and styles
    Part III. Larger Theoretical Issues:
    9. Multidimensional patterns of register variation
    10. Register studies in context.

  • Authors

    Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University
    Douglas Biber is Regents' Professor of English (Applied Linguistics) at Northern Arizona University. His research efforts have focused on corpus linguistics, English grammar, and register variation. He has published over 220 research articles and 24 books including Variation across Speech and Writing (Cambridge, 1988), Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999), and The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics (Cambridge, 2015).

    Susan Conrad, Portland State University
    Susan Conrad is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. Her research investigates how people vary their grammar, vocabulary, and organization to fulfil different purposes. Her work has appeared in diverse journals, from the Journal of Engineering Education to Register Studies. Her previous books include Real Grammar: A Corpus-Based Approach to English (2009) and Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999) among others.

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