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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2020, 3(11); doi: 10.25236/FER.2020.031115.

A Corpus-Based Study of the Central Modal Verbs in Legal English


Hong Chen1, Rui Jiang1, Ying Song1, Jun-Hua Wang 2*

Corresponding Author:
Jun-Hua Wang

1. School of Languages and Media, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu, Anhui, China
2. Institute of Information Technology of Guet, Guilin, Guangxi, 540004, China
*Corresponding Author


Based on the theory of functional linguistics and the corpus of legal texts, this paper discusses the distribution and frequency of English central modals in legal texts, aiming to show that the frequency of central modals varies in different registers, and the values of modality are not fixed.


Central modals, Legal english, Legal texts

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Hong Chen, Rui Jiang, Ying Song, Jun-Hua Wang. A Corpus-Based Study of the Central Modal Verbs in Legal English. Frontiers in Educational Research (2020) Vol. 3 Issue 11: 88-92. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2020.031115.


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