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Legal Language

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ISBN-10: 0226803031

ISBN-13: 9780226803036

Edition: 2000

Authors: Peter M. Tiersma

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Description:

This history of legal language slices through the polysyllabic thicket of legalese. The text shows to what extent legalese is simply a product of its past and demonstrates that arcane vocabulary is not an inevitable feature of our legal system.
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 5/15/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and Danes
The Norman Conquest and the Rise of French
The Resurgence of English
Talking Like a Lawyer
The Quest for Precision
The Legal Lexicon
Interpretation and Meaning
Variation
Pleadings: Constructing the Legal Narrative
Testimony and Truth
Completing the Story
What Makes Legal Language Difficult to Understand
Plain English
Communicating with the Jury Conclusion App
An Anglo-Saxon Legal Document App
A Case in Law French App
A Modern Will App
Excerpts from Jury Instructions App
Original Citibank Promissory Note App
Revised Citibank Promissory Note
Notes Select
Bibliography Word and Phrase Index General
Index