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Patterns of linguistic variation in American legal English : a corpus-based study.

Author: Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2011.
Series: Łódź studies in language, 22.
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Translators, law students or legal professionals who begin to deal with legal language face a bewildering variety of legal writings. This book provides a corpus-based linguistic description of  Read more...

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Goźdź-Roszkowski, Stanisław.
Patterns of linguistic variation in American legal English.
Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, 2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski
ISBN: 3653006597 9783653006599
OCLC Number: 893707314
Description: 1 online resource (277 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS; Preface and Acknowledgements 9; Chapter 1: Introduction 11; 1.1. Variation in Legal Discourse 11; 1.2. Previous Research on Legal Language and Linguistic Variation 13; 1.3 Register and Genre Perspectives on Legal Language 16; 1.3.1 Different Perspectives on Text Varieties: Register, Genre, Style 16; 1.4. Register, Discipline, Genre and Legal Language 19; 1.5. The Concepts of Register and Genre as Used in the Present Study 20; 1.6. Overview of the Book 23; Chapter 2: The Methods and the Corpus 27; 2.1. Introduction 27. 2.2. Design and Construction of the American Law Corpus (ALC) 272.3. Data Coding And Corpus Processing 30; 2.4. The American Law Corpus and the World of Law 32; 2.5. Research Methodologies Used in the Analyses 34; 2.6. Methodology in the Keyword Analysis 35; 2.7. The Methodology of Studying Lexical Bundles 38; 2.7.1. Overview of Studies Devoted To Multi-Word Expressions 38; 2.7.2. Phraseology and Multi-Word Expressions 39; 2.7.3. Lexical Bundles: the Concept, Background and Previous Research 43; 2.8. Overview of Methodology in the Multi-Dimensional Approach 44; 2.8.1. Steps in MD Analysis 46. 2.9. Overview of Linguistic Analyses 51Chapter 3: Vocabulary Use Across Different Legal Genres 53; 3.1. Introduction 53; 3.2. Terms and Words 56; 3.3 Vocabulary Use Across Legal Genres 58; 3.3.1. High-Frequency Verbs 61; 3.4. A Keyword Approach to Studying Variation Across Legal Genres 64; 3.4.1. Keywords in Academic Journals 66; 3.4.2. Keywords in Legislation 72; 3.4.3. Keywords in Legal Briefs 81; 3.4.4. Keywords in Contracts 89; 3.4.5 Keywords in Professional Articles 94; 3.4.6. Keywords in Opinions 96; 3.4.7. Keywords in Textbooks 102; 3.5. Conclusions 105. Chapter 4: Multi-Word Patterns in Legal Genres 1094.1. Introduction 109; 4.2. Methodology Employed in The Present Analysis 110; 4.3. Overall Distribution of Lexical Bundles in Legal Genres 111; 4.4. The Structural Characteristics of Lexical Bundles 113; 4.5. Lexical Bundles and Their Functions in Legal Genres 117; 4.5.1. Legal Reference 119; 4.5.1.1. Temporal Bundles 120; 4.5.1.2. Location Bundles 121; 4.5.1.3. Attributive Bundles 122; 4.5.1.4. Participative Bundles 124; 4.5.1.5. Institutional Bundles 124; 4.5.1.6. Terminological Bundles 125; 4.5.1.7. Procedure-Related Bundles 126. 4.5.2. Text-Oriented Bundles 1294.5.2.1. Causative/Resultative Bundles 130; 4.5.2.2. Condition Bundles 131; 4.5.2.3. Clarification/Topic Elaboration Bundles 132; 4.5.2.4. Focus Bundles 133; 4.5.2.5. Framing Signals 134; 4.5.2.6. Structuring Bundles 135; 4.5.2.7. Transition Bundles 137; 4.5.3. Stance Bundles 138; 4.6. Conclusions 142; Chapter 5: Multi-Dimensional Variation Across Different Genres and Disciplines 145; 5.1. Introduction 145; 5.2 Variation Among Disciplines and Genres 146; 5.2.1. Dimension 1: Involved Versus Informational Production 146.
Series Title: Łódź studies in language, 22.

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