Variational Text Linguistics: Revisiting Register in English

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Title: Variational Text Linguistics
Subtitle: Revisiting Register in English
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 90

Publication Year: 2016
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Christoph Schubert
Editor: Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer

Electronic: ISBN:  9783110443554 Pages: 339 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9783110443103 Pages: 339 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Owing to the ever-increasing possibilities of communication, especially with
the advent of modern communication technologies, register analysis offers a
constantly widening range of research opportunities. Still, research has
mainly concentrated on well-established and frequent registers such as
newspaper articles, while many descriptive and theoretical issues have not yet
been sufficiently investigated.

This volume gives a state-of-the-art insight into register studies and points
out emerging trends as well as new directions for future research.
Furthermore, it provides a forum for the description and discussion of
registers which have not received an appropriate amount of attention so far.
In particular, it deals with specialized offline and online registers,
cross-register comparison as well as regional, contrastive, and diachronic
register variation.

In parallel to the new discipline of variational pragmatics, this volume aims
to foster the discipline of ‘variational text linguistics’ and to initiate
fundamental investigations in this area. This field of research provides new
insights into the concept of register, since it covers both functional and
regional types of textual variation.

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