Legal language and the non-law research student

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Tanner, Edwin (2010) Legal language and the non-law research student. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 3 (1 & 2). pp. 77-87. ISSN 1836-5612 (Submitted)


The article isolates and explicates those characteristics of legal language which may cause difficulties to non-law graduate students undeliaking interdisciplinary research theses requiring n understanding of law. These characteristics consist of three categories. The first category relates to the vocabulary of the law. The second relates to the continued use by lawyers of overlong syntactically complex sentence structures. The third relates to what James Boyd White has called the 'unstated conventions' by which legal language operates: a second layer of meaning underpinning legal language, but which is seldom stated in it. Linguistic schema theory is applied to these 'unstated conventions' to explicate them.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Keywords legal language, non-law students, non-law research students, legal terms
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