Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 16 May 2021

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter gives a critical survey of research traditions and findings in the study of genre variation, both from a grammar and a text linguistic perspective. After introducing foundational concepts, the chapter discusses the dimension of spoken versus written language, including the question of medial versus conceptual orality, the distinction between narrative and non-narrative genres as well as characteristics of computer-mediated communication, weaving in data and insights from studies in both linguistics and rhetoric. Shifting to a focus on specific grammatical constructions, the chapter then moves on to three areas of syntactic inquiry that are illuminated by genre considerations: variation in grammatical complexity, the representation of agents, and word order variation. The chapter ends with reflecting on the competence/performance distinction and thoughts on the idea that spoken language follows a different grammar than written language.

Keywords: computer-mediated communication, complexity, genre, narrative, register, rhetoric, spoken versus written, text linguistics, syntactic variation, word order

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.