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Variation in English Worldwide

Variation in English Worldwide
Registers and Global Varieties


Part of Studies in English Language

  • Author: Axel Bohmann, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108707169

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  • World Englishes is one of the most active fields of present day linguistic research. This book provides a comprehensive overview of variation in English across the globe, by analysing a large corpus of texts from the English speaking world. The analysis draws on a larger number of individual texts and linguistic features than previous studies have done. It includes a systematic comparison of the influence of register and national variety on variation in English world-wide, and explores patterns of variation in both qualitative and quantitative terms. The results provide a testing ground for theoretical models, and highlight the importance of register in mediating linguistic differences across national varieties.

    • Explores the structure underlying variation in the global use of English
    • Develops ten fundamental dimensions of variation in quantitative terms and provides extensive qualitative analysis of each dimension
    • Demonstrates how to combine research in multi-dimensional corpus linguistics and the World Englishes framework on a large scale, in novel and highly productive ways
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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108707169
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The world of English: variation in geography and register
    3. Quantifying linguistic variation
    4. The space of variation in the present study
    5. General situational dimensions of variation
    6. Register-specific dimensions
    7. Dimensions with other patterns of distribution
    8. Discussion: feature space and geographic space
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Axel Bohmann, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
    Axel Bohmann is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

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