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ERIC Number: EJ1134680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0125-2488
Development and Use of a Corpus Tailored for Legal English Learning
Skier, Jason; Vibulphol, Jutarat
PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, v52 p237-254 Jul-Dec 2016
While corpus linguistics has been applied towards many specific academic purposes, reports are few regarding its use to facilitate learning of legal English by non-native English speakers. Specialized corpora are required because legal English often differs significantly from ordinary usage, with words such as bar, motion, and hearing having completely different meanings and use. This paper documents the process of creating and validating a sixteen million-word corpus of (American) legal English, and provides examples of analyses available for language learners. Written decisions and oral argument transcripts from the U.S. Supreme Court and other appellate courts were ultimately chosen to comprise the corpus due to their authentic and comprehensive use of legal jargon. Overall, this corpus demonstrates that appellate court decisions, available online, can comprise a corpus tailored for legal English learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand (Bangkok)
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