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

Joanna Kopaczyk


The 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, drawn from a comprehensive corpus of medieval and early modern legal texts. The focus is on Scotland, where Scots law, with its own nomenclature and its own repertoire of discourse features, was being shaped and marked by the concomitant standardizing of the vernacular language, Scots, a sister language to the English of the day. The study offers a unique combination of two m ... More

Keywords: legal language, discourse, formulaicity, lexical bundles, binomials, corpus linguistics, Scots, standardization, Scots law, medieval towns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199945153
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945153.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Kopaczyk, author
Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)