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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:28 by NZTecAdmin

An expert speaker or writer chooses the appropriate register for the situation, bearing in mind what is taking place, who is taking part and what part language is playing. The term register may be used with a very specific meaning, that is, the kind of language that is familiar and expected in a particular social or work setting. For example, “Would you mind kindly stepping this way?” is spoken in a very different register from “Get over here right now!” and there are differences in the underlying as well as surface meanings. The term can also be used to describe the way in which a speaker chooses vocabulary, grammar, prosodic features such as tone and other language features for a particular purpose and audience.

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