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Variation Across Speech and Writing

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ISBN-10: 0521425565

ISBN-13: 9780521425568

Edition: 1991

Authors: Douglas Biber

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Similarities and differences between speech and writing have been the subject of innumerable studies, but until now there has been no attempt to provide a unified linguistic analysis of the whole range of spoken and written registers in English. In this widely acclaimed empirical study, Douglas Biber uses computational techniques to analyze the linguistic characteristics of twenty-three spoken and written genres, enabling identification of the basic, underlying dimensions of variation in English. In Variation Across Speech and Writing, six dimensions of variation are identified through a factor analysis, on the basis of linguistic co-occurence patterns. The resulting model of variation…    
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Book details

List price: $83.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/19/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of figures
List of tables
Background concepts and issues
Introduction: textual dimensions and relations
Situations and functions
Previous linguistic research on speech and writing
Methodological overview of the study
Statistical analysis
Dimensions and relations in English
Textual dimensions in speech and writing
Textual relations in speech and writing
Extending the description: variation within genres
Afterword: applying the model
Texts used in the study
Linguistic features: algorithms and functions
Mean frequency counts of all linguistic features in each genre
Pearson correlation coefficients for all linguistic features