Genre vs. register

Christopher Hart c.hart at LANCASTER.AC.UK
Thu Jun 21 09:32:32 UTC 2007

Dear Colleagues,

Can anyone explain brefly (or point me in the right direction) how 
'genre' and register' relate to each other. Halliday and Hasan (1985: 
38) define registers as varieties of language ‘typically associated with 
a particular situational configuration of field, tenor and mode’. 
Fairclough (1995: 132) defines genres as various ‘uses of language 
associated with particular socially ratified activity types’.

All help appreciated.


Christopher Hart
Lecturer in English Language and Communication
School of Humanities
University of Hertfordshire

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