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Ibérica 2011, 21

Author: Ruth Breeze

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Ibérica ISSN: 1139-7241 iberica@aelfe.org Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos España Breeze, Ruth Disciplinary values in legal discourse: a corpus study Ibérica, núm.
21, 2011, pp.
93-115 Asociación Europea de Lenguas para Fines Específicos Cádiz, España Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=287023883006 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative 05 IBERICA 21.qxp:Iberica 13 10-03-11 17:21 Página 93 Disciplinary values in legal discourse: a corpus study Ruth Breeze Universidad de Navarra (Spain) rbreeze@unav.es Abstract The last 20 years have seen increasing interest in the way in which meaning is made in different professional and academic disciplines.
Central to this issue is the notion of disciplinary values, that is, qualities which define what is prized or stigmatised by different professional communities.
In the present paper, the notion of disciplinary values is used to examine the way legal writers communicate meaning in different genres.
To this end, six adjective-adverb sets which have a prominent place in legal discourse (“clear-ly”, “important-ly”, “reasonable-ly”, “appropriate-ly”, “correct-ly” and “proper-ly”) are identified. Their collocates and semantic preferences are studied in four 500,000-word corpora consisting of texts from the area of commercial law: academic journal articles, case law, legislation, and legal documents.
Although the frequency and use of “clear-ly” and “important-ly” appear not to differ greatly from those found in other corpora of written and academic written texts such as the British National Corpus (BNC) and the British Academic Written English corpus (BAWE), “reasonable-ly”, “appropriate-ly”, “cor...





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