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Full Title: Register Revisited

Location: Vechta/Lower Saxony, Germany
Start Date: 27-Jun-2013 - 29-Jun-2013
Contact: Christoph Schubert
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Meeting URL: http://www.uni-vechta.de/einrichtungen/wissenschaftliche-einrichtungen/institute-faecher/igk/anglistik/lehrende/schubert-christoph/international-conference-register-revisited/
Meeting Description: Register Revisited: New Perspectives on Functional Text Variety in English

As the possibilities of human communication increase, especially with the advent of modern communication technologies, so does linguistic variability. The aim of this conference, located in the area of variational text linguistics, is to give room to the description and discussion of registers that have not received an appropriate amount of attention so far. Along the lines of Biber and Conrad (2009), we regard register analysis as a perspective on text variety that investigates communicative functions of frequent and pervasive lexico-grammatical features in a sample of text excerpts. The features of registers depend on factors such as the topic, the communicative intentions of the interactants, and the setting.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University, USA)
Malcolm Coulthard (Aston University Birmingham, UK)
Jan Renkema (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

Conference fee: EUR 30
Early bird registration (until 31 March 2013): EUR 20


Christoph Schubert (University of Vechta)
Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

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Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.2187

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