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The Resource Grammatical complexity in academic English : linguistic change in writing, Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University ; Bethany Gray, Iowa State University, (electronic resource)

Grammatical complexity in academic English : linguistic change in writing, Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University ; Bethany Gray, Iowa State University, (electronic resource)

Label
Grammatical complexity in academic English : linguistic change in writing
Title
Grammatical complexity in academic English
Title remainder
linguistic change in writing
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University ; Bethany Gray, Iowa State University
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Grammatical Complexity in Academic English uses corpus-based analyses to challenge a number of dominant stereotypes and assumptions within linguistics. Biber and Gray tackle the nature of grammatical complexity, demonstrating that embedded phrasal structures are as important as embedded dependent clauses. The authors also overturn ingrained assumptions about linguistic change, showing that grammatical change occurs in writing as well as speech. This work establishes that academic writing is structurally compressed (rather than elaborated); that it is often not explicit in the expression of meaning; and that scientific academic writing has been the locus of some of the most important grammatical changes in English over the past 200 years (rather than being conservative and resistant to change). Supported throughout with textual evidence, this work is essential reading for discourse analysts, sociolinguists, applied linguists, as well as descriptive linguists and historical linguists"--
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Biber, Douglas
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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Gray, Bethany
Series statement
Studies in English language
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  • English language
  • Complexity (Linguistics)
  • Academic writing
  • Linguistic change
Label
Grammatical complexity in academic English : linguistic change in writing, Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University ; Bethany Gray, Iowa State University, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-271) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Academic writing: challenging the stereotypes; 2. Using corpora to analyze grammatical change; 3. Phrasal versus clausal discourse styles: a synchronic grammatical description of academic writing contrasted with other registers; 4. The historical evolution of phrasal discourse styles in academic writing; 5. The functional extension of phrasal grammatical features in academic writing; 6. The loss of explicitness in academic research writing; 7. Conclusion
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ssj0001669490
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 277 pages)
Form of item
online
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Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781107009264
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015028909
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0001669490
Label
Grammatical complexity in academic English : linguistic change in writing, Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University ; Bethany Gray, Iowa State University, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-271) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1. Academic writing: challenging the stereotypes; 2. Using corpora to analyze grammatical change; 3. Phrasal versus clausal discourse styles: a synchronic grammatical description of academic writing contrasted with other registers; 4. The historical evolution of phrasal discourse styles in academic writing; 5. The functional extension of phrasal grammatical features in academic writing; 6. The loss of explicitness in academic research writing; 7. Conclusion
Control code
ssj0001669490
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiv, 277 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781107009264
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015028909
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001669490

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