What is register?
Register refers to varieties of a language that differ from each other in vocabulary, grammar and style. Every speaker of a language understands all registers of his or her language to a certain extent. The register used in a given situation depends on external factors such as the relationship to the interlocutor.
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Sentence structure is the position of individual clauses or words in a sentence. A
classic German sentence usually follows this pattern: subject – predicate – object.
The different registers of style within a language are divided into dialect, colloquial language, high-level language and elevated language.
Elevated language is characterised by a particularly distinguished way of speaking. Many foreign words and technical terms are used. An example of this register are the terms ‘dine’ and ‘consume’ as synonyms for the word ‘eat’.
There are countless examples of the different German language styles. What is called “schwätzen” in Southern German dialect is called “quatschen” in colloquial language, “sprechen” in standard language and “verlauten lassen” in elevated language.
Stylistic layers are linguistic layers which, for sociological reasons, can be assigned to a certain linguistic level. For example, colloquial language tends to indicate a low level of education.
In linguistics, the term register refers to a way of speaking or writing that is characteristic of a particular area of communication. For example, an employee uses a different choice of words towards superiors than towards his wife. Parents also use different words and phrases towards their child than they do when talking to friends.
Pragmatic communication is part of the linguistic approach to language development in pedagogy. It assesses a child’s linguistic abilities when communicating with their peers.