Registering the Difference: Reading Literature Through Register

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Manchester University Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 215 pages
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The concept of register is a wonderful tool for readers of all kinds of texts, especially literary ones. This book explains how register can be used without resorting to the full panoply of linguistic jargon. Readers at all levels often shy away from trying to "do stylistics" with their literary and other texts because of the apparently impenetrable terminology in which the discipline of linguistics wraps them. Here is a book that will help you to read for style without forcing you first to become conversant with transformational grammar or functional systemic linguistics.
  

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Contents

The history and the hijacking of register
24
writtenspoken
49
Registers of culture and power
75
Literary register
95
Register and genre
121
Translating register
132
Thomas Hardys voices
170
sounding like poetry
190
Select bibliography
212
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About the author (1999)

Butler is Lecturer in English Studies, University of Stirling.

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