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

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
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521024110
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 446
Prices: U.S. $ 60.00
U.K. £ 35.00