I agree with you in that most weather forecasts
have an established style which has developed
spontaneously and has not been imposed on.
It is also true that sublanguages and
CLS are not mutually exclusive.
May I suggest you have a look at the excellent
chapter on sublanguges and controlled languages
written by Richard Kittredge:
Kittredge, R. 2003. Sublanguages and
Controlled Languages., In Mitkov, R. (Ed)
The Oxford Handbook of Computational Linguistiucs,
Oxford University Press.
I hope this helps.
On Oct 30 2003, Gregor Erbach wrote:
> Quoting Victoria López <email@example.com>:
> > I'm a Ph.D. student and I am studing sublanguages. I consider that
> > weather reports is a clear example of sublanguage. In all the
> > bibliography I have consulted, they have all the features to be
> > considered a sublanguage.
> > But some researchers told me that they would consider weather reports
> > as being more a controlled language than a sublanguage because the
> > writer is not free in his word choice and he has to follow a rigid
> > style sheet.
> sublanguages and controlled languages are not mutually exclusive
> concepts. Controlled languages place special restrictions on
> grammar, style and vocabulary for writers of documents in special
> Typically, a controlled language is formally defined, so that
> conformity to the controlled language standard can be verified.
> For a brief presentation of different kinds of controlled languages,
> see http://www.tc-forum.org/topiccl/cl15diff.htm
> Gregor Erbach
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