Registerial cartography: Context-based mapping of text types and their rhetorical-relational organization

Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen

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2014 by Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen. This paper is concerned with one of the three types of variation inherent in language-viz. register variation, or variation in meaning according to context of use. It reports on a long-term research programme designed to map the registers that collectively make up a language using one parameter within the context of use as the starting point-the field of activity characteristic the context in which a text of a given register unfolds. I present a typology/topology of fields of activity, and go on to show how different types of activity favour different logico-semantic relations in the global organization of texts instantiating different registers. I then also illustrate registerial variation in the lexicogrammatical realization of logico-semantic relations. The part of the long-term research I focus on here is thus concerned with registerial variation relating to the chain of realizations from context (field of activity) to semantics (logico-semantic relations), and from semantics (logico-semantic relations) to lexicogrammatical realizations (with particular attention to congruence, i.e. congruent vs. incongruent realizations). At the end of the paper, I suggest that registerial cartography is an integral part of the development of appliable linguistics, a synthesis approach to language transcending the thesis and antithesis pair of theoretical linguistics and applied linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014
PublisherFaculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chulalongkorn University
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9786165518871
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014 - Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket, Thailand
Duration: 12 Dec 201414 Dec 2014


Conference28th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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