Date: 14-Aug-2006 From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com> Subject: University Language: Biber
Title: University Language
Subtitle: A corpus-based study of spoken and written registers
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 23
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222959 Pages: 261 Price: U.S. $ 114.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222959 Pages: 261 Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9027222967 Pages: 261 Price: U.S. $ 42.95
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University students must cope with a bewildering array of registers, not only to learn academic content, but also to understand course expectations and requirements. While many previous studies have investigated academic writing, we know comparatively little about academic speech; and no linguistic study to date has investigated the range of academic and advising/management registers that students encounter. This book is a first step towards filling this gap.
Based on analysis of the T2K-SWAL Corpus, the book describes university registers from several different perspectives, including: vocabulary patterns; the use of lexico-grammatical and syntactic features; the expression of stance; the use of extended collocations ('lexical bundles'); and a Multi-Dimensional analysis of the overall patterns of register variation. All linguistic patterns are interpreted in functional terms, resulting in an overall characterization of the typical kinds of language that students encounter in university registers: academic and non-academic; spoken and written.
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction 1-22 Chapter 2. The Spoken and Written Academic Language (SWAL) Corpus 23-31 Chapter 3. Vocabulary use in classroom teaching and textbooks 33-46 Chapter 4. Grammatical Variation among University Registers 47-86 Chapter 5. The expression of stance in university registers 87-131 Chapter 6. Lexical bundles in university teaching and textbooks 133-175 Chapter 7. Multi-dimensional patterns of variation among university registers 177-212 Chapter 8. Synthesis and future directions 213-228 References 229-239 Appendices 241-257 Index 259-261