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7. Research articles across subject areas This chapter applies the functional framework to Med1 and three new research articles representing arts (Soc1), commerce (Econ1) and law (Law1). The specific content area of each text is discussed as each is represented within this chapter. 7.1. Lexical profile of Soc1, Econ1, Law1 and Med1 Table 11 presents data on the length of each text and the lexical coverage of the first 1,000 words, second 1,000 words, Academic Word List (AWL) and other words in Soc1, Econ1, Law1 and Med1. Text Length (tokens) Lexical coverage (%) first 1,000 second 1,000 AWL Other words Soc1 8,752 68.5 5.7 11.3 14.5 Econ1 3,386 70.4 4.5 10.3 14.7 Law1 12,726 80.8 4.5 6.4 8.3 Med1 2,305 70.0 5.2 9.7 15.1 Table 11. Length and lexical profile of Soc1, Econ1, Law1 and Med1. Table 11 indicates that Soc1, Econ1 and Med1 have reasonably similar lexical profiles, while Law1 indicates a comparatively greater use of the first 1,000 words and correspondingly less use of academic words and other words. The role of the second 1,000 words is similar across all four texts. This statistical distinction between Law1 and the other three texts will be considered with regard to the representation of academic vocabulary across the six functional categories. 112 7.2. Functional categorisation of academic words Each occurrence of academic vocabulary in each of the texts was assigned to a functional category. All words could be assigned, and all...
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