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The Legal Language of Scottish BurghsStandardization and Lexical Bundles (1380-1560)$
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Joanna Kopaczyk

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945153

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945153.001.0001

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Introduction: Scots as the Language of the Law

Introduction: Scots as the Language of the Law

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Scots as the Language of the Law
The Legal Language of Scottish Burghs

Joanna Kopaczyk

Oxford University Press

The introduction lays out the aims of the book and presents the Scots language as a multifunctional standardizing tool, used also in the context of law and administration in the late medieval and early renaissance period. The major aims sketched out here include the identification of standardizing patterns with corpus-driven methods, a structural and functional interpretation of these recurrent patterns, and the exploration of how the language responded to the external conditions in which the texts were produced. The chapter highlights the interdisciplinary character of the study, and introduces the division into three parts: the linguistic theoretical background, the socio-historical context, and the analytical part. It is also stressed that the methods used here are applicable to other languages and contexts.

Keywords:   Scots, standardization, legal discourse, interdisciplinarity, periodization, functionalism, corpus linguistics

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