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"European Union Secondary Legislation" Corpora Collection

The EUSLEX corpus was produced for research purposes by the Local Research Unit, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II.
The corpus has been lemmatised, POS-tagged and indexed to be queried by the Corpus Query Processor (CQP).
National MIUR project: Intercultural Discourse in Domain-specific English
Local coordinator: Prof. Gabriella Di Martino, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (www.unina.it)
National coordinator: Prof. Maurizio Gotti, UniversitÓ di Bergamo (www.unibg.it/cerlis/progetti.htm)
Corpus components: Regulations, Decisions, Directives, Framework decisions (EU secondary legislation)
Electronic archive: EUR-Lex web site (www.europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/search/index.html)
Time-span: 1st July 1999 - following the latest European elections in June 1999 - until 31st December 2002, the date marking the project outset.
Languages: English (EN) and Italian (IT)
Thematic fields: 20
Distribution of the whole reference corpus, diachronic and parallel:
Text types Words per English section Words per Italian section
Regulations 1.270.877 1.241.824
Decisions 385.480 378.960
Directives 831.381 822.162
Framework decisions 37.166 35.521
Total 2.524.904 2.478.467
Aspects investigated by the Research Unit of Naples: interculturality in EU legal language, with particular reference to the use of modal verbs in legally binding texts and the occurrence of regular textual patterns in EU secondary legislation.

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