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2014 New book: Multi-Dimensional Analysis, 25 years on

Multi-Dimensional Analysis, 25 years on: A tribute to Douglas Biber

Edited by Tony Berber Sardinha and Marcia Veirano Pinto
São Paulo Catholic University

Approximately a quarter of a century ago, the Multi-Dimensional (MD) approach—one of the most powerful (and controversial) methods in Corpus Linguistics—saw its first book-length treatment. In its eleven chapters, this volume presents all new contributions covering a wide range of written and spoken registers, such as movies, music, magazine texts, student writing, social media, letters to the editor, and reports, in different languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese) and contexts (engineering, journalism, the classroom, the entertainment industry, the Internet, etc.). The book also includes a personal account of the development of the method by its creator, Doug Biber, an introduction to MD statistics, as well as an application of MD analysis to corpus design. The book should be essential reading to anyone with an interest in how texts, genres, and registers are used in society, what their lexis and grammar look like, and how they are interrelated.

[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 60] 2014. xxxviii, 328 pp.

JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING COMPANY
www.benjamins.com

 

Table of Contents
Preface
Randi Reppen xi – xii

Acknowledgments xiii – xiv

Introduction xv – xxvi

Opening. Multi-Dimensional analysis: A personal history
Douglas Biber xxvii – xxxviii

1. Multi-Dimensional Analysis and synchronic analyses
Chapter 1.1 A Multi-Dimensional analysis of regional variation in American English
Jack Grieve 3 – 34
Chapter 1.2 Dimensions of register variation in Brazilian Portuguese
Tony Berber Sardinha, Carlos Kauffmann and Cristina Mayer Acunzo 35 – 80
Chapter 1.3 25 years later: Comparing Internet and pre-Internet registers
Tony Berber Sardinha 81 – 108

2. Multi-Dimensional Analysis and diachronic analyses
Chapter 2.1 Dimensions of variation in North American movies
Marcia Veirano Pinto 109 – 148
Chapter 2.2 Multi-Dimensional analysis of pop songs
Patrícia Bértoli-Dutra 149 – 176
Chapter 2.3 Dimensions of variation in TIME magazine
Renata Condi de Souza 177 – 194

3. Multi-Dimensional Analysis and language learning
Chapter 3.1 A Multi-Dimensional analysis of essay writing: What linguistic features tell us about situational parameters and the effects of language functions on judgments of quality
Scott Crossley, Laura K. Allen and Danielle S. McNamara 197 – 238
Chapter 3.2 A Multi-Dimensional analysis of advanced written L2 Spanish
Yuly Asención-Delaney 239 – 270

4. Multi-Dimensional Analysis: exploring the methodology
Chapter 4.1 Expanding Multi-Dimensional analysis with qualitative research techniques
Susan Conrad 273 – 296
Chapter 4.2 Conducting Multi-Dimensional analysis using SPSS
Eric Friginal and Jack A. Hardy 297 – 316

Appendix 317 – 322
Name index 323 – 324
Subject index 325 – 328
 

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