By Paul Bayley
The job of parliaments is essentially linguistic task they produce speak and so they produce texts. often, the goals that this discourse goals to fulfill are comparable worldwide, to valid or contest laws, to symbolize different pursuits, to scrutinise, the task of presidency, to steer opinion and to recruit and advertise political actors. however the discourse of alternative nationwide parliaments is topic to edition, in any respect linguistic degrees, at the foundation of background, cultural specificity, and political tradition specifically. by using numerous analytical instruments of useful linguistics, this quantity seeks to supply explanatory analyses of parliamentary discourse in several international locations - Britain, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the USA - and to discover its peculiarities. each one bankruptcy outlines a specific methodological framework and its program to situations of parliamentary discourse on very important matters similar to conflict, eu integration, impeachment and immigration.
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The kind of linguistic information that a corpus can provide include data on the relative frequencies of lexemes, their distributions across the corpus and the patternings of collocation and colligation associated with lexemes, and patterns of co-selection. Work on corpora has demonstrated that language use is characterised by spectacular regularities of patterns; it highlights the very routine constrained nature of much language behaviour, in contrast to its creativity and individuality. The data it provides us with are not merely quantitative but also qualitative.
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Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Parliamentary Discourse by Paul Bayley