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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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Summary and Conclusions

Summary and Conclusions

(p.137) Part Two Summary and Conclusions
The Legal Language of Scottish Burghs

Joanna Kopaczyk

Oxford University Press

This short chapter is a transition from the socio-historical background to the analytical part of the book. It explains why engaging closely with the conditions in which the texts were written is crucial, and how the history of the law in Scottish burghs informs our understanding of the linguistic tools employed in legal discourse. In general, Part Two is an indispensable part of the investigation, but it can also be read separately as an account of the unique character of Scots law and its applications in the urban context. This outlook is enriched with the suggestion that early burghs formed a discourse community, and this community became the venue for the practices of a specialized community of practice, the clerks and notaries.

Keywords:   interdisciplinarity, burghs, legal history, Scots law, discourse community, community of practice

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