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Title: Towards a systemic functional contrastive analysis of japanese and english corporate legal discourse
Authors: Chik, S 
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Source: In A Sellami-Baklouti & L Fontaine (Eds.), Perspectives from systemic functional linguistics, p. 182-205. New York, NY: Taylor and Francis, 2018 How to cite?
Abstract: This chapter presents a corpus-based contrastive analysis that draws on Systemic Functional Linguistics theory to compare written corporate legal texts in a bilingual corpus (Japanese and English). A systemic functional approach enables a systematic explication of variation between two languages in the semantic and lexicogrammatical strata with reference to the context of situation in which the texts operate. The results of the analysis revealed that equivalence occurs in the higher rank, i.e. semantics, where both languages shared a generic structure of [Background] ^ [General Statement] ^ Description, while variation occurs at the lower rank, i.e. lexicogrammar, with divergences identified in terms of shifts within the experiential metafunction.
ISBN: 9781315299860
DOI: 10.4324/9781315299877
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