By Stella Neumann

The ebook offers the 1st comparability of utilization personal tastes throughout registers within the language pair English-German. a result of leading edge quantitative process and wide insurance, the quantity is a wonderful source for students operating in contrastive linguistics and translation reviews in addition to for corpus linguists.

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Due to his inductive method the dimensions are not directly comparable across the four languages. Biber therefore intro­ duces so-called communicative functions without, however, further clarifying this term. With respect to the oral/literate dimension11 he names four types marking 10 Note that Biber’s notion of register is very broad and does not incorporate the detailed framework of concepts employed in systemic functional register analysis as discussed in section 2 of this chapter. ” (Biber 1995: 238) 26 State of the art interactiveness, production circumstances, stance and finally functions particular to each language.

After a discussion of the dimensions identified independently for each language, Biber compares the dimensions across the four languages. Due to his inductive method the dimensions are not directly comparable across the four languages. Biber therefore intro­ duces so-called communicative functions without, however, further clarifying this term. With respect to the oral/literate dimension11 he names four types marking 10 Note that Biber’s notion of register is very broad and does not incorporate the detailed framework of concepts employed in systemic functional register analysis as discussed in section 2 of this chapter.

Biber 1995: 238) 26 State of the art interactiveness, production circumstances, stance and finally functions particular to each language. Two additional functions refer to narration and argumentation/ persuasion. Biber then compares the monolingual dimensions, their relevant features and characteristic registers in the four languages along these functional types. In the next step, he compares what he labels ‘equivalent registers’ (1995: 237) across the languages on the basis of their respective position on the dimension.

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