The construal of space in different registers: An exploratory study

Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen, Abhishek Kumar Kashyap

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In this paper we present linguistic variation in the construal of "space" in different registers. We focus in particular on variation in the lexicogrammatical construal of space across texts belonging to different registers, offering a report based on our exploration of samples of texts operating in different contexts. The registers are differentiated according to the field of activity within context (e.g. Matthiessen, 2006, 2013); the ones considered here are reporting, recreating, doing, enabling, recommending, and expounding. The study is part a long-term research project concerned with the construal of location in and movement through space in language and other semiotic systems, and it is an exploratory guide sketching part of the findings from the research. Our aims, in addition to reporting findings of the project, are to provide the exploratory guide for both more detailed and more extensive analysis in future studies and thus to stimulate more register-based research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalLanguage Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Motion
  • Register
  • Registerial cartography
  • Space
  • Systemic functional linguistics
  • Transitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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