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Evolving Nature of the English Language

Studies in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

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Edited By Robert Kiełtyka and Agnieszka Uberman

This volume presents a collection of interdisciplinary papers pertaining to the most thought-provoking problems in the areas of both theoretical and applied linguistics. The contributors focus on contemporary developments in morphological, semantic and pragmatic theorizing. The contributions are also devoted to various aspects of the methodology of teaching English as well as some intricacies of translation.

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Quantification and Traceability of Prepositional Meanings in English Legal Texts (Edyta Więcławska)

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Edyta Więcławska

Quantification and Traceability of Prepositional Meanings in English Legal Texts

Abstract: The author aims at presenting a formal method of retrieving language data with the use of electronically-driven systems enabling the determination of trends corresponding to various aspects of the language of law. The text includes selected examples of graphical representations of the phenomena that are causally related. The focus is on the attempt to determine predominant patterns, as regards the distribution and collocability potential of the items belonging to selected grammatical categories. The language data are extracted from JRS-Acquis Corpus (Joint Research Collection of Acquis Communautaire).

Keywords: quantification, corpus-driven analysis, prepositional patterns, Legal English, institutional setting

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