University Language: A Corpus-based Study of Spoken and Written Registers

University Language: A Corpus-based Study of Spoken and Written Registers

Paperback Studies in Corpus Linguistics

By (author) Douglas Biber


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  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 269 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 240mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Amsterdam
  • ISBN 10: 9027222967
  • ISBN 13: 9789027222961
  • Sales rank: 1,581,845

Product description

University students must cope with a bewildering array of registers, not only to learn academic content, but also to understand course expectations and requirements. While many previous studies have investigated academic writing, we know comparatively little about academic speech; and no linguistic study to date has investigated the range of academic and advising/management registers that students encounter. This book is a first step towards filling this gap. Based on analysis of the T2K-SWAL Corpus, the book describes university registers from several different perspectives, including: vocabulary patterns; the use of lexico-grammatical and syntactic features; the expression of stance; the use of extended collocations ('lexical bundles'); and a Multi-Dimensional analysis of the overall patterns of register variation. All linguistic patterns are interpreted in functional terms, resulting in an overall characterization of the typical kinds of language that students encounter in university registers: academic and non-academic; spoken and written.

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Table of contents

1. Chapter 1. Introduction; 2. Chapter 2. The Spoken and Written Academic Language (SWAL) Corpus; 3. Chapter 3. Vocabulary use in classroom teaching and textbooks; 4. Chapter 4. Grammatical Variation among University Registers; 5. Chapter 5. The expression of stance in university registers; 6. Chapter 6. Lexical bundles in university teaching and textbooks; 7. Chapter 7. Multi-dimensional patterns of variation among university registers; 8. Chapter 8. Synthesis and future directions; 9. References; 10. Appendices; 11. Index