Jesse Egbert

List of John Benjamins publications for which Jesse Egbert plays a role.



Register in L1 and L2 Language Development

Edited by Bethany Gray and Jesse Egbert

Special issue of Register Studies 3:2 (2021) v, 122 pp.
Subjects Applied linguistics | Corpus linguistics | Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology


Empirical studies of register variation have established the existence of functional correspondence between situation/context and language use. However, previous conceptualizations of register cannot adequately account for empirical findings which have revealed (i) situational and linguistic… read more
Larsson, Tove, Henrik Kaatari, Tülay Dixon and Jesse Egbert 2023 Examining novice writers’ perceptions of formalityJournal of English for Research Publication Purposes 4:1, pp. 29–55 | Article
Adherence to standards pertaining to formality remains important for novice academic writers wishing to write within the scientific community. However, due to its elusive nature, it may not be clear what “formal” really means. This study investigates what affects novice writers’ perceptions of… read more
Biber, Douglas, Jesse Egbert, Daniel Keller and Stacey Wizner 2021 Chapter 2. Extending text-linguistic studies of register variation to a continuous situational space: Case studies from the web and natural conversationCorpus-based Approaches to Register Variation, Seoane, Elena and Douglas Biber (eds.), pp. 19–50 | Chapter
In text-linguistic register research, distributions of linguistic features across registers are theorized as having a functional relationship to the situational context. A strength of this approach is its focus on frequencies of linguistic features across texts/registers. Situational variables,… read more
Gray, Bethany and Jesse Egbert 2021 Register in L1 and L2 language development: EditorialRegister in L1 and L2 Language Development, Gray, Bethany and Jesse Egbert (eds.), pp. 177–179 | Editorial
As Culpeper and Kytö (2010) discuss, one challenge of historical linguistics is the extent to which written texts represent the linguistic characteristics of speech. Synchronic linguists face similar challenges, leading to the practice of using a web corpus to represent the spectrum of… read more
The present paper employs a corpus-based approach to track the longitudinal language development of university students. Compared to many other longitudinal studies, the present study tracks development over a relatively long period of time (two years) for a relatively large group of students… read more
Egbert, Jesse and Michaela Mahlberg 2020 Fiction – one register or two? Speech and narration in novelsRegister Studies 2:1, pp. 72–101 | Article
In this paper our focus is on analyzing register variation within fiction, rather than between fiction and other registers. By working with subcorpora that separate text within and outside of quotation marks, we appromixate fictional speech and narration. This enables us to identify and compare… read more
Egbert, Jesse, Brent Burch and Douglas Biber 2020 Lexical dispersion and corpus designInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics 25:1, pp. 89–115 | Article
Lexical dispersion is typically measured across arbitrary corpus parts of equal size. In this study, we apply DA  – a new dispersion index designed for unequal-sized corpus parts – to the British National Corpus (BNC) in a series of cases studies to show that the dispersion of a word is… read more
Gray, Bethany and Jesse Egbert 2020 Register in Applied LinguisticsRegister Studies 2:2, pp. 173–175 | Editorial
Gray, Bethany and Jesse Egbert 2019 Editorial: Register and register variationRegister Studies 1:1, pp. 1–9 | Editorial
Biber, Douglas, Jesse Egbert and Meixiu Zhang 2018 Lexis and grammar as complementary discourse systems for expressing stance and evaluationThe Construction of Discourse as Verbal Interaction, Gómez González, María de los Ángeles and J. Lachlan Mackenzie (eds.), pp. 201–226 | Chapter
Although ‘stance’ and ‘evaluation’ are closely related theoretical constructs, stance is normally investigated through corpus-based methods focusing on the use of lexico-grammatical features, while evaluative language, being regarded as more context-dependent, has been investigated through the use… read more
This study uses Multi-Dimensional analysis to describe linguistic variation in a corpus of published academic writing across three publication types in two disciplines. The resulting five dimensions were labeled: “Affective synthesis versus specialized information density”, “Definition and… read more
Recent years have seen substantial advances in ‘corpus stylistics’, which is the use of corpora and computational techniques to study literary style. Corpus stylistics has produced analyses of otherwise imperceptible features of literary style. However, studies in corpus stylistics have rarely… read more