Law reports have a primarily informative function and can be broadly categorised as expository, descriptive legal writings, as opposed to legislative, prescriptive writings such as acts of parliament, statutory documents, contracts, agreements, wills and insurance policies.
CHELAR is available as plain text and with POS annotation (CLAWS-7; Lancaster University).
It is currently also being annotated following the TEI XML guidelines.
Remember when Robin Thicke couldn't get through a show without begging his now-ex-wife Paula Patton to take him back?
He does, too — and he feels just as awkward about it as everyone else did at the time.
And I remember my team and my record company didn't want me to put it out, but they stuck by me.
In hindsight, the only thing I would have done differently was, I wouldn't have promoted it or sold it.
From 1535 onwards law reports have been written in English, and have followed a standard format.
The year 1535 was therefore chosen as the starting date for CHELAR.
Law reports are records of judicial decisions which are “cited by lawyers and judges for their use as precedent in subsequent cases” (Encyclopædia Britannica Online s.v.
law report); they typically contain an account of all the facts of the case, the arguments of the judge, his reasoning, the judgment he arrives at and the kind of authority and evidence he uses.
The study also shows differences at the formal level across genres, demonstrating that sermons display more formal and archaic characteristics, whereas trial proceedings contain features which bring them closer to the spoken language.