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Insights into a changing communal constructicon: Legal writing in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period


Merten, Marie-Luis (2020). Insights into a changing communal constructicon: Legal writing in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. In: Piirainen, Elisabeth; Filatkina, Natalia; Stumpf, Sören; Pfeiffer, Christian. Formulaic language and new data : theoretical and methodological implications. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 225-248.

Abstract

The paper examines legal writing in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period from a diachronic perspective. The underlying corpus consists of Middle Low German law codifications of the period from 1227 until 1567. Applying a constructionist approach, the focus lies on evolving and changing constructions (of legal writing). The corpus-based examination reveals insights into the changing communal constructicon. This communal constructicon can be seen as
a repertoire of constructions shared by legal writers (of that time). Due to observable language elaboration processes, this repertoire – modelled as a socio-cognitive network – becomes increasingly complex and literate over time. Language elaboration is a type of language change closely linked to written usage. In this context, the obvious nexus between legal writing and language elaboration plays a crucial role.

Abstract

The paper examines legal writing in the Late Middle Ages and Early Modern Period from a diachronic perspective. The underlying corpus consists of Middle Low German law codifications of the period from 1227 until 1567. Applying a constructionist approach, the focus lies on evolving and changing constructions (of legal writing). The corpus-based examination reveals insights into the changing communal constructicon. This communal constructicon can be seen as
a repertoire of constructions shared by legal writers (of that time). Due to observable language elaboration processes, this repertoire – modelled as a socio-cognitive network – becomes increasingly complex and literate over time. Language elaboration is a type of language change closely linked to written usage. In this context, the obvious nexus between legal writing and language elaboration plays a crucial role.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:22 Jan 2021 14:37
Last Modified:24 May 2022 10:10
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter
Number:3
ISBN:978-3-1106-6982-4
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110669824-010
Related URLs:https://www.degruyter.com/view/title/561027 (Publisher)
https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/rloemb/alma99116814655605508 (Library Catalogue)

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