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Corpus-based studies on language varieties

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Francisco Alonso Almeida, Laura Cruz García and Víctor González-Ruiz

This volume brings together a number of corpus-based studies dealing with language varieties. These contributions focus on contemporary lines of research interests, and include language teaching and learning, translation, domain-specific grammatical and textual phenomena, linguistic variation and gender, among others. Corpora used in these studies range from highly specialized texts, including earlier scientific texts, to regional varieties. Under the umbrella of corpus linguistics, scholars also apply other distinct methodological approaches to their data in order to offer new insights into old and new topics in linguistics and applied linguistics. Another important contribution of this book lies in the obvious didactic implications of the results obtained in the individual chapters for domain-based language teaching.

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Periphrastic expressions in English and Serbian legislative writing (Lejla Zejnilović)

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Lejla Zejniloviම Periphrastic expressions in English and Serbian legislative writing 1. Introduction Legislative writing, a variety of the so-called technical writing has often been referred to as the embodiment of lexical and syntactic obscurities, the former being epitomized by the use of legal terminology, Latinisms, fossilized language, and the latter being achieved by unusually long sentences, complex prepositional phrases, verbo-nominal construc- tions, syntactic discontinuities, passivization and abundant use of nom- inalization (Alcaraz and Hughes 2002; Bhatia1993; Chroma 2004; Wil- liams 2007). In this paper, special attention has been devoted to English and Serbian verbo-nominal constructions, for which we provide some examples from our corpus in (1–8): (1) The Court noted that a series of delays had hampered the investigation’s chances of being brought to a successful conclusion… (2) In giving its decision the State Security Court relied on the statements the appli- cant had given to the police… (3) The Court was particularly struck by the fact that, in the decision of March 2006 to discontinue the proceedings, mention had been made of a medical certificate issued the day before A.Kh.’s death… (4) … in which he was convicted of abusing his position and causing offence to the armed forces… (5) …the keeping and forwarding to the criminal court of that inaccurate police report had constituted an interference with Mr Canlı’s right to respect for his private life. 68 Lejla Zejniloviü (6) Konaþno, Sud je izrazio sumnju u to da bi se poþetni nedostaci istrage sada...

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