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Corpora and texts: Lexis and text structure

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Corpus studies have shown that words in texts have two strong tendencies: they occur in clusters and they occur in partly fixed phrases. These features have text-management and evaluative functions, and therefore provide the basis of a theory of how lexis contributes to textual organization. Although there are many excellent individual case studies of these topics, they have not yet been systematically integrated into a functional theory of lexis.

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