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  1. Jens Allwood

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0469

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Allwood, J. 2012. Register. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


The fact that there are systematic differences between the ways in which people speak, write, and gesture in different parts of the world has led to a great number of concepts and terms having been proposed to capture this variation. Here is a nonexhaustive list: language, dialect, sociolect, register, sublanguage, activity language, restricted language, trade language, scientific language, text type, accent, “patois,” jargon, slang.


  • discourse analysis;
  • language variation and change;
  • language and social interaction;
  • pragmatics;
  • corpus;
  • grammar