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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677899

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  • 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.

    • Features activities with texts to allow readers to apply and practise methods of analysis discussed
    • Presents both basic and sophisticated analytical techniques (including those based on computational analyses of corpora) to give reader a full picture of methods of analysis
    • Includes the use of electronic texts for analysis which provides ideas for studying new forms of communication
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This outstanding and highly accessible guide should definitely be useful to students of linguistics and language teachers who may wish to incorporate textual analyses in their teaching. Particularly, the volume can be used as a textbook for courses on register, genre, and style in applied English programs worldwide. clearly, the information presented in this practice-oriented volume has been compiled through years of work and research and serves as an essential reading for those interested in the analysis of registers and other related textual studies."
    -Nur Yigitoglu,Okan University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677899
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Registers, genres, and styles: fundamental varieties of language
    Part I. Analytical Framework:
    2. Describing the situational characteristics of registers and genres
    3. Analysing linguistic features and their functions
    Part II. Detailed Descriptions of Register, Genre and Style:
    4. Interpersonal spoken registers
    5. Written registers, genres and styles
    6. Historical evolution of registers, genres and styles
    7. Registers and genres in electronic communication
    Part III. Larger Theoretical Issues:
    8. Multidimensional patterns of register variation
    9. Register studies in context
    Appendix A. Annotation of major register/genre studies
    Appendix B. Activity texts

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Survey of Linguistic Diversity
  • Authors

    Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University
    Douglas Biber is Regents' Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University. He has worked in Kenya and Somalia, and has been a visiting professor at several universities, including the University of Uppsala, University of Helsinki, University of Zurich, the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, and the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Sciences. His previous books include Variation across Speech and Writing, Dimensions of Register Variation, Corpus Linguistics, The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English, and Discourse on the Move.

    Susan Conrad, Portland State University
    Susan Conrad is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Portland State University. She has worked in Southern Africa and Korea, and conducted workshops on discourse analysis and corpus linguistics in Europe, South America, and Thailand. Her previous books include Corpus Linguistics, The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English, and The Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English.

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