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By Douglas Biber

Douglas Biber's new publication extends and refines the learn and method stated in his ground-breaking edition throughout Speech and Writing (1988), and provides for the 1st time a diachronic size. In it he provides a linguistic research of sign up in 4 extensively differing languages: English, Nukulaelae Tuvaluan, Korean, and Somali. notable similarities in addition to adjustments emerge, permitting Biber to foretell for the 1st time cross-linguistic universals of sign in version.

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The Danish-English-French Corpus in Contract Law (Faber and Lauridsen 1991) is a parallel corpus, containing a carefully stratified selection of texts relating to contract law for these three languages. There are far fewer computer-based corpora of non-western languages, and the three corpora of spoken and written registers used for the present study are among the most comprehensive of these: the corpus of Nukulaelae Tuvaluan compiled by Niko Besnier, the corpus of Korean compiled by Yong-Jin Kim, and the corpus of Somali compiled by the present author and Mohamed Hared.

The methods used to identify these co-occurrence patterns are fully described in chapter 5. It is not the case, though, that quantitative techniques are sufficient in themselves for analyses of register variation. Rather, qualitative techniques are required to interpret the functional bases underlying each set of co-occurring linguistic features. The dimensions of variation have both linguistic and functional content. , nominalizations, prepositional phrases, attributive adjectives) that co-occur with a high frequency in texts.

The goal here is more modest: to investigate the possibility of such universals, to identify and interpret the generalizations concerning register variation that hold across these four languages, and to explore the utility of the MD approach for such analyses. Although the sample of languages is small, the investigation here can be regarded as a relatively strong test of these research questions. 7 Outline of the book 25 given the extreme linguistic, sociocultural, and situational differences across the four languages considered here, any marked cross-linguistic similarities in the patterns of register variation can be interpreted as reflections of basic communicative functions shared cross-culturally, indicating the potential for cross-linguistic universals (or at least universal tendencies) governing the patterns of register variation.

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