Functional Properties and Standardization
The final analytical chapter concentrates on the long lexico-syntactic strings, which recur in an unchanged form in the corpus. There are no comparable studies of long lexical bundles, so the findings pave the way for our understanding of textual standardization in specialized discourse. These lexical bundles are relatively less frequent but still they recur frequently enough to constitute functional hubs in the texts. The propensity to overlap and create much longer strings is also visible here. The bundles are discussed in a diachronic sequence, which enables the reader to trace popular patterns and their competitors in time. Two chronological formulaicity peaks are discernible in the material. The bundles have also been analysed with regard to their provenance, which allowed for localizing the key geographical areas of textual standardization in medieval and early modern Scotland.
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