Legal Lexicography: A Comparative Perspective

Legal Lexicography: A Comparative Perspective

By: Mairtin Mac Aodha (author), Professor Vijay K. Bhatia (series_editor), Ms. Anne Wagner (series_editor)Hardback

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Legal lexicography or jurilexicography is the most neglected aspect of the discipline of jurilinguistics, despite its great relevance for translators, academics and comparative lawyers. This volume seeks to bridge this gap in legal literature by bringing together contributions from ten jurisdictions from leading experts in the field. The work addresses aspects of legal lexicography, both monolingual and bilingual, in its various manifestations in both civilian and common law systems. It thus compares epistemic approaches in a subject that is inextricably bound up with specific legal systems and specific languages. Topics covered include the history of French legal lexicography, ordinary language as defined by the courts, the use of law dictionaries by the judiciary, legal lexicography and translation, and a proposed multilingual dictionary for the EU citizen. While the majority of contributions are in English, the volume includes three written in French. The collection will be a valuable resource for both scholars and practitioners engaging with language in the mechanism of the law.

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Mairtin Mac Aodha currently works as a lawyer-linguist (working largely with the Irish language) at the Council of the European Union. From 2009 to 2012 he was employed as a legal reviser in the Legal Service of the European Commission. He is carrying out doctoral research at the Universite de Strasbourg on the law dictionary and how it can be improved from the translator's point of view. He spent three years as a visiting scholar and researcher at the Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law, McGill University. He is the editor of the fourth edition of the Dictionnaire de maximes et locutions latines utilisees en droit. His research and publications are in the field of jurilinguistics.


Contents: Foreword, Lionel Smith; Introduction; A view of French legal lexicography - tradition and change from a doctrinal genre to the modern era, Pierre-Nicolas Barenot; The Early Modern English law lexicon, Ian Lancashire and Janet Damianopoulos; Legal lexicography: a view from the front lines, Bryan A. Garner; The challenges of compiling a legal dictionary, Daniel Greenberg; Bilingual legal dictionaries: comparison without precision?, Coen J.P. van Laer; Pour des dictionnaires juridiques multilingues du citoyen de l'Union europeenne, Pierre Lerat; Principes terminologiques pour la constitution d'une base de donnees pour la traduction juridique, Thierry Grass; Translation and the law dictionary, Marta Chroma; Multinational legal terminology in a paper dictionary?, Peter Sandrini; Database of legal terms for communicative and knowledge information tools, Sandro Nielsen; Defining ordinary words for mundane objects: legal lexicography, ordinary language and the word vehicle, Christopher Hutton; Establishing meaning in a bilingual and bijural context: dictionary use at the Supreme Court of Canada, Mathieu Devinat; La phraseologie chez des jurilexicographes: les exemples linguistiques dans la deuxieme edition du Dictionnaire de droit prive et lexiques bilingues, Patrick Forget; Inconsistencies in the sources and use of Irish legal terminology, Malachy O'Rourke; The struggle for civic space between a minority legal language and a dominant legal language: the case of Maori and English, Mamari Stephens and Mary Boyce; Index for English language chapters; Index for French language chapters.

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  • publication date: 28/10/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781409454410
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781409454410
  • weight: 814
  • ISBN10: 140945441X

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