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Corpus-based studies on language varieties


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


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 constructions, syntactic discontinuities, passivization and abundant use of nominalization (Alcaraz and Hughes 2002; Bhatia1993; Chroma 2004; Williams 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):

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