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Title: Syntactic Variation and Genre
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110226478-1
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 70
Description:

This volume explores the interplay of syntactic variation and genre. How do
genres emerge and what is the role of syntax in constituting them? Why do
certain constructions appear in certain types of text? The book takes the
concept of genre as a reference-point for the description and analysis of
morpho-syntactic variation and change. It includes both overviews of
theoretical approaches to the concept of genre and text type in linguistics
and studies of specific syntactic phenomena in English, German, and
selected Romance languages.

Contributions to the volume make use of insights from attempts for text
classification and rhetorical views on genre and reach from quantitative,
corpus-based methodology to qualitative, text-based analyses. The types of
texts investigated cover spoken, highly interactive, and written forms of
communication, including selected genres of computer-mediated
communication. Corpus data come from both synchronic and diachronic
linguistic corpora, such as LOB, Brown, FLOB, Frown, ARCHER, and
ICE-Jamaica. This spectrum both in approaches and data is meant to provide
a theoretical foundation as well as a realistic view of the inherent
complexity of form-function relationships in syntax. At the same time,
genre is treated as a category relevant beyond discourse studies,
consisting of forms and conventions at all levels of linguistic analysis,
including syntax.

The book is therefore of interest to linguists and graduate students in the
area of syntax, discourse analysis, and pragmatics, as well as to
sociolinguists and corpus linguists working on register variation.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Functional Grammar
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN-13: 9783110226485
Pages: 364
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ISBN-13: 9783110226478
Pages: 364
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