The Legal Language of Scottish Burghs: Standardization and Lexical Bundles (1380-1560)

Hardcover | August 19, 2013

byJoanna Kopaczyk

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This book offers an innovative, corpus-driven approach to historical legal discourse. It is the first monograph to examine textual standardization patterns in legal and administrative texts on the basis of lexical bundles, drawing from a comprehensive corpus of medieval and early modern legaltexts. The book's focus is on Scotland, where Scots law - with its own nomenclature and its own repertoire of discourse features - was shaped and marked by the concomitant standardizing of the vernacular language, Scots, a sister language to the English of the day. Joanna Kopaczyk's study is based on a unique combination of two methodological frameworks: a rigorous corpus-driven data analysis and a pragmaphilological, context-sensitive qualitative interpretation of the findings. Providing the reader with a rich socio-historical background of legal discourse inmedieval and early modern Scottish burghs, Kopaczyk traces the links between orality, literacy, and law, which are reflected in discourse features and linguistic standardization of legal and administrative texts. In this context, the book also revisits important ingredients of legal language, suchas binomials. Kopaczyk's study is grounded in the functional approach to language and pays particular attention to referential, interpersonal, and textual functions of lexical bundles in the texts. It also establishes a connection between the structure and function of the recurrent patterns, andpaves the way for the employment of new methodologies in historical discourse analysis.

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This book offers an innovative, corpus-driven approach to historical legal discourse. It is the first monograph to examine textual standardization patterns in legal and administrative texts on the basis of lexical bundles, drawing from a comprehensive corpus of medieval and early modern legaltexts. The book's focus is on Scotland, wher...

Joanna Kopaczyk is Assistant Professor of History of English at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945152

ISBN - 13:9780199945153

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviationsList of mapsList of figuresList of tables1. Introduction: Scots as the language of the lawPart One: The language2. The language of legal texts3. Exploring language of the past: Context, discourse and text4. Repetition, fixedness and lexical bundlesPart Two: The burghs5. Burghs in Scottish history6. Living in a burgh7. Law and the burghPart Three: The legal language of the burghs8. EdHeW corpus material and lexical bundles9. The grammar of lexical bundles in early legal Scots10. Binomials and multinomials in early legal Scots11. Short bundles: functional properties12. Long bundles: Functional properties and standardizationReferencesIndex