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Register Variation Online

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  • Date Published: August 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107122161

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  • While other books focus on special internet registers, like tweets or texting, no previous study describes the full range of everyday registers found on the searchable web. These are the documents that readers encounter every time they do a Google search, from registers like news reports, product reviews, travel blogs, discussion forums, FAQs, etc. Based on analysis of a large, near-random corpus of web documents, this monograph provides comprehensive situational, lexical, and grammatical descriptions of those registers. Beginning with a coding of each document in the corpus, the description identifies the registers that are especially common on the searchable web versus those that are less commonly found. Multi-dimensional analysis is used to describe the overall patterns of linguistic variation among web registers, while the second half of the book provides an in-depth description of each individual register, including analyses of situational contexts and communicative purposes, together with the typical lexical and grammatical characteristics associated with those contexts.

    • Enables readers to understand how texts from a register are composed of combinations of grammatical structures, in addition to the use of keywords
    • All situational and linguistic descriptions are illustrated through actual text excerpts and screenshots of webpages
    • Covers the full range of registers found online, including those that ordinarily go unnoticed, and have not been linguistically described elsewhere before
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    'By applying the multidimensional analysis framework to web registers, Biber and Egbert offer a long overdue full picture of language variation for what have probably become the most frequent ways modern society engages with language. This book is a valuable contribution not only to corpus linguistics and register studies but to modern linguistics as a whole.' Andrea Nini, University of Manchester

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    • Date Published: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107122161
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Corpus and methods
    3. A survey of the registers on the public searchable web
    4. Overall patterns of register variation on the searchable web: a multi-dimensional analysis
    5. Narrative registers
    6. Opinion, advice, and persuasion registers
    7. Informational descriptions, explanations, and procedures
    8. Oral registers
    9. The web as a continuous space of register variation
    Appendix A. Linguistic features included in the multi-dimensional analysis
    Appendix B. Lexicogrammatical features included in the key feature analysis
    Appendix C. Descriptive statistics for the key feature analyses.

  • 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 (in English and cross-linguistic; synchronic and diachronic). He has published over 220 research articles and 23 books and monographs, including primary research studies as well as textbooks.

    Jesse Egbert, Northern Arizona University
    Jesse Egbert is Assistant Professor in the Applied Linguistics program at Northern Arizona University. He specializes in corpus-based research on register variation, particularly academic writing and online language, and methodological issues in quantitative linguistic research. He has published more than thirty research articles published in journals such as the Journal of English Linguistics, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.

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