Book notice: University Language

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Thu Aug 17 16:53:41 UTC 2006

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University Language
Subtitle: A corpus-based study of spoken and written registers
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 23
Published: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins

Author: Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University

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.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction 1-22
Chapter 2. The Spoken and Written Academic Language (SWAL) Corpus 23-31
Chapter 3. Vocabulary use in classroom teaching and textbooks 33-46
Chapter 4. Grammatical Variation among University Registers 47-86
Chapter 5. The expression of stance in university registers 87-131
Chapter 6. Lexical bundles in university teaching and textbooks 133-175
Chapter 7. Multi-dimensional patterns of variation among university
registers 177-212
Chapter 8. Synthesis and future directions 213-228
References 229-239
Appendices 241-257
Index 259-261
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222959 Pages: 261 Price: U.S. $ 114.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222959 Pages: 261 Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9027222967 Pages: 261 Price: U.S. $ 42.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027222967 Pages: 261 Price: Europe EURO 36.00


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