The project REGISTER VARIETIES AND VARIATION in ENGLISH and Generative Multimodal Large Language Models intends to investigate register varieties as defined by Douglas Biber and their variations in English language use. The study of variation in English is the study of language use and to narrow the purpose of this investigation I will focus my attention to the concept of convergence and divergence applied to registers of professional sectors (such as English for tourism, English for business and microlanguages such as business journalism, as well as advertising by comparing advertising in social media and in other media). Furthermore, this study will take into consideration variation in both context of use and communicative goals (and sub-goals) in social practices and in the classroom. This last part is defined theoretically by the extensive study that M.H. Long dedicated to focus-on-form and communication (including feedback) in the classroom. The tools I will use are not only available corpora but also open-source APIs available to the public such as ORCA (Microsoft), GPT (Open AI), LLAMA (META) and in general Generative Multimodal Large Language Models.
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