Legal Language

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - 314 頁
Peter Tiersma's history of legal language slices through the polysyllabic thicket of legalese. He shows to what extent legalese is a product of its past, when Anglo-Saxon mercenaries, Latin-speaking missionaries, Scandinavian raiders, and Norman invaders all left their marks on the language that lawyers use today. Tiersma suggests, however, that history alone provides an inadequate explanation for the peculiarities of legal language. Tiersma demonstrates that arcane vocabulary is not an inevitable feature of our legal system, and he sheds much-needed light on the verbiage of documents ranging from leases, wills, and employment agreements to the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. All these issues are wrapped up in the legal language that continues to evolve and shape our culture, making Tiersma's concluding call for clear, concise communication both powerful and timely.
 

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Tiersma (Loyola Law Sch.) has written an interesting descriptive history of how Anglo-American "legalese" developed and continues to thrive as we move into the 21st century. He begins by tracing the ... 閱讀評論全文

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Introduction
1
Origins
7
Celts AngloSaxons and Danes
9
The Norman Conquest and the Rise of French
19
The Resurgence of English
35
The Nature of Legal Language
49
Talking Like a Lawyer
51
The Quest for Precision
71
Constructing the Legal Narrative
147
Testimony and Truth
153
Completing the Story
181
Reforming the Language of the
199
What Makes Legal Language Difficult to Understand?
203
Plain English
211
Communicating with the Jury
231
Conclusion
241

The Legal Lexicon
87
Interpretation and Meaning
115
Variation
133
In the Courtroom
145
Appendices
245
F Revised Citibank Promissory Note
261
Select Bibliography
293
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