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Language Registers. What is a Register?. describes the various styles of language available for writing or speaking. Language Registers. Every Language has 5 language registers. Deciding which language register is appropriate depends on the:. A udience T opic S ituation.

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What is a register
What is a Register?

  • describes the various styles of language available for writing or speaking


Language registers1
Language Registers

  • Every Language has 5 language registers


How do you decide which language register is appropriate to use

Deciding which language register is appropriate depends on the:

Audience

Topic

Situation

How do you decide which language register is appropriate to use?


The universal rule
The Universal Rule the:

  • A person can go from one register to the next register without any conflicts


Five language registers
Five Language Registers the:

  • Frozen

  • Formal

  • Consultative

  • Casual

  • Intimate


Public voice
Public Voice the:

  • Frozen

  • Formal

  • Consultative


Frozen register
Frozen Register the:

  • Also called static register

  • This style of communications RARELY or NEVER changes. It is “frozen” in time and content.


Examples of frozen register
Examples of Frozen Register the:

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Words to a song

  • Poetry

  • Prayer

  • Preamble to the US Constitution

  • The Alma Mater



Formal register
Formal Register the:

  • This language is used in formal settings and is one-way in nature.

  • This use of language usually follows a commonly accepted format.

  • It is usually impersonal and formal.

  • A common format for this register are speeches.


Examples of formal register
Examples of Formal Register the:

  • Presentations

  • Academic Paper

  • Essays in school

  • Sermons

  • Speeches

  • Announcements

  • Interviews



Consultative register
Consultative Register the:

  • This is a standard form of communications. Users engage in a mutually accepted structure of communications.

  • Two way communication used in conversation

  • No past experience with that person

  • It is professional discourse.


Examples of consultative register
Examples of Consultative Register the:

  • Strangers who interact

  • Adults at work

  • Teachers with students

  • Talking with lawyer or doctor

  • Counselor and client



Private voice
Private Voice the:

  • Casual

  • Intimate


Casual register
Casual Register the:

  • This is informal language used by peers and friends.

  • Past experience with that person

  • Slang, vulgarities and colloquialisms are normal. This is “group” language.

  • One must be member to engage in this register.


Examples of casual register
Examples of Casual Register the:

  • Talking with friends

  • Personal letter to a friend

  • Talk with teammates,

  • chats and emails

  • Personal blogs



Intimate register
Intimate Register the:

  • This communications is private.

  • Language shared between couples, twins, very close friends

  • Language of sexual harassment.

  • It is reserved for close family members or intimate people.


Examples of intimate register
Examples of Intimate Register the:

  • Finish each other’s sentences

  • Spouses

  • Boyfriend and Girlfriend

  • Siblings

  • Parent and Children

  • Very good friends



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