Category Archives: Content: Register

Context and Register

An important distinction can be made between the context of situation and register of a text. They often seem to be conflated but Halliday does distinguish between the two. Here is a headline from the satirical magazine The Onion: Coarse … Continue reading

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Register and Participants

Register can be a tricky concept for a lot of students. They often focus solely on the grammatical plane and forget about the social context in which it occurs (most EFL textbooks don’t really help in this regard). On the … Continue reading

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Activity: Register and text

I’ve been doing a lot of activities recently trying to get students thinking about how context affects language choice. Here is one featuring three texts related to travel – two from a tourist booklet and one from the SMH travel … Continue reading

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Register and demonstratives

Here is an exchange (1) from the TV show Friends: Ross: [Entering] What is this dive? Only you could’ve picked this place. Mrs. Bing: Oooh, c’mon, shut up, it’s fun. Gimme a hug. At first this seems a simple exchange … Continue reading

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