9780521677899

Register, Genre, and Style

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    9780521677899

  • ISBN10:

    0521677890

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-14
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

This book describes the most important kinds of texts in English and introduces the methodological techniques used to analyse them. Three analytical approaches are introduced and compared, describing a wide range of texts from the perspectives of register, genre and style. The primary focus of the book is on the analysis of registers. Part 1 introduces an analytical framework for studying registers, genre conventions, and styles. Part 2 provides detailed descriptions of particular text varieties in English, including spoken interpersonal varieties (conversation, university office hours, service encounters), written varieties (newspapers, academic prose, fiction), and emerging electronic varieties (e-mail, internet forums, text messages). Finally, Part 3 introduces advanced analytical approaches using corpora, and discusses theoretical concerns, such as the place of register studies in linguistics, and practical applications of register analysis. Each chapter ends with three types of activities: reflection and review activities, analysis activities, and larger project ideas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Registers, genres, and styles: fundamental varieties of languagep. 1
Text varieties in your daily lifep. 1
Texts, varieties, registers, and dialectsp. 4
Registers and register analysis: an overviewp. 6
Different perspectives on text varieties: register, genre, stylep. 15
Register/genre variation as a linguistic universalp. 23
Overview of the bookp. 25
Analytical framework
Describing the situational characteristics of registers and genresp. 31
Introductionp. 31
Issues in the identification of registers and genresp. 31
A framework for situational analysisp. 36
Applying the situational analytical framework in a register studyp. 47
Analyzing linguistic features and their functionsp. 50
Introductionp. 50
Fundamental issues for the linguistic analysis of registersp. 51
Conducting quantitative analysesp. 58
Deciding on the linguistic features to investigatep. 63
Functional interpretationsp. 64
Textual conventions: the genre perspectivep. 69
Pervasive linguistic features that are not directly functional: the style perspectivep. 71
Embedded registers and genresp. 72
A short introduction to corpus linguisticsp. 73
Small-scale versus large-scale register analysesp. 74
Detailed descriptions of registers, genres, and styles
Interpersonal spoken registersp. 85
Introductionp. 85
Conversationp. 86
University office hoursp. 96
Service encountersp. 102
Conclusionp. 105
Written registers, genres, and stylesp. 109
Introductionp. 109
Situational characteristics of newspaper writing and academic prosep. 110
Linguistic features in newspaper writing and academic prosep. 114
Variation within the general registersp. 124
More specific subregisters: research article sectionsp. 129
Research articles from a genre perspectivep. 131
Variation in fiction due to stylep. 132
Conclusionp. 139
Historical evolution of registers, genres, and stylesp. 143
Introductionp. 143
Historical change I: the fictional novelp. 144
Historical change II: the scientific research articlep. 157
Historical change in the patterns of register variationp. 166
Registers and genres in electronic communicationp. 177
Introduction: new technology and new registersp. 177
Individual e-mail messagesp. 178
E-forurn postingsp. 190
Text messagesp. 199
Chapter summaryp. 208
Larger theoretical issues
Multidimensional patterns of register variationp. 215
Comparing multiple registersp. 215
Introduction to multidimensional analysisp. 223
MD analysis of university spoken and written registersp. 226
Summary and conclusionp. 245
Register studies in contextp. 253
Register studies in the broader context of linguisticsp. 253
Register variation in languages other than Englishp. 256
Speech and writingp. 260
Register variation and sociolinguisticsp. 264
Register studies in the broader context of the worldp. 267
Annotation of major register/genre studies (by Federica Barbieri)p. 271
Activity textsp. 296
Referencesp. 315
Indexp. 339
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