Register (linguistics)

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In linguistics, a Register is where a person talks or writes differently to different people. They may be more polite to people they do not know for example.

Formality scale
Very formal ← FORMAL      Normal      INFORMAL → Very informal
This diagram is from Quirk et al. (1985), who use the term attitude rather than style or register

This chart shows which words or phrases one would use depending on different registers

Register Phrase
Very informal "Ey!" or "Yo!" or "Wassup!"
Informal "Hey!" or "Hi!"
Formal "Hello!"
Very formal "Good morning/afternoon/evening!"

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