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The grammar of politics: A brief history of legislative language in Britain

Abstract:

Legislative language is a crucial, yet somewhat overlooked element of British politics. So how has the language of British legislation changed over the past century? All 191,080 pages of legislation enacted between 1900 and 2015 were assessed for changes in the quantity of legislation. And, 5,878 sections of legislation from 1920 to 2015 were analysed for changes to the quality of language. Parts of speech that affect the subject, object and verb of sentences were recorded, giving a novel lon...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1111/1467-923X.12345

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Department:
Oxford, SSD, Politics & Int Relations
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Political Quarterly Journal website
Volume:
88
Issue:
2
Pages:
248–257
Publication date:
2017-02-05
Acceptance date:
2017-01-26
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EISSN:
1467-923X
ISSN:
0032-3179
Pubs id:
pubs:675626
URN:
uri:73350bbe-246e-4659-987f-5d88e188d5a8
UUID:
uuid:73350bbe-246e-4659-987f-5d88e188d5a8
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pubs:675626

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