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Title: Dimensions of Register Variation
Subtitle: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison
Written By: Douglas Biber
Description:

Douglas Biber's new book extends and refines the research and methodology
reported in his ground breaking Variation Across Speech and Writing (CUP
1988). In Dimensions of Register Variation he gives a linguistic analysis
of register in four widely differing languages: English, Nukulaelae
Tuvaluan, Korean, and Somali. Using the multi-dimensional analytical
framework employed in his earlier work, Biber carries out a principled
comparison of both synchronic and diachronic patterns of variation across
the four languages. Striking similarities as well as differences emerge,
allowing Biber to predict for the first time cross-linguistic universals of
register variation. This major new work will provide the foundation for the
further investigation of cross-linguistic universals governing the pattern
of discourse variation across registers, and will be of wide interest to
any scholar interested in style, register and literacy.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
Korean
Somali
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024110
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 446
Prices: U.S. $ 60.00
U.K. £ 35.00