Register and discourse analysis

Authored by: Douglas Biber

The Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  June  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415551076
eBook ISBN: 9780203809068
Adobe ISBN: 9781136672927


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One major approach to discourse analysis focuses on the study of language use, describing the ways in which lexical and grammatical features are used in texts (see Schiffrin et al., 2001: 1; Biber et al., 2007: 1–4). Different kinds of texts have different linguistic characteristics, representing systematic patterns of variation that can be investigated under the rubric of register: text varieties of a language associated with particular situations of use.

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