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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521473316
ISBN-10: 0521473314
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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