Applications of the Lexical Bundles Method in Historical Corpus Research: Joanna Kopaczyk
Applications of the Lexical Bundles Method in Historical Corpus Research 1 Joanna Kopaczyk Abstract In this paper I review and explore potential applications of the lexical bundles method in studies based on historical corpora. The paper starts with the discussion of lexical bundle methodology and its range of applications in Present-Day English studies. Then I move on to the challenges posed by the special character of historical corpora for the implementation of this method in historical and diachronic studies, and continue with examples of research questions which have been addressed so far by means of lexical bundles. Special attention is paid to the investigation of repetitive patterns in early Scots legal and administrative texts. The paper closes with suggestions for further applications of lexical bundles in historical corpus linguistics. Keywords Lexical bundles, historical corpora, Scots Introduction Lexical bundles, a relatively recent tool in corpus linguistics, have been discussed from a present-day English perspective at PALC conferences and have inspired several publications in the post-conference volumes (Biber 2004, Partington and Morley 2004, Jendryczka-Wierszycka 2008, Maia et al. 2008). This paper aims at summarising the trends in using lexical bundles so far, with a special focus on diachronic and historical studies where this method is new. Because of this novelty factor, the range of research questions answerable by means of this methodology has not been given a comprehensive consideration yet. Therefore, my second aim is to address the research potential of this method in historical inquiries. The paper will also pay attention...
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