Register
(1,660 words)

1. Definition

‘Register’ refers to a variety of language defined according to its use in social situations, for example the register of scientific, religious, or formal English. In Hallidayan linguistics, the term is specifically opposed to those varieties of language which are defined according to the characteristics of the user's regional or class dialect (Crystal 1991:295). Ferguson also posits that “a communication…

Cite this page
Reem Bassiouney, “Register”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0285>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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