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The Language of Legislative Texts ­ Legal and Philological Aspects


Authors:
Lyudmila Ivanova St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Mariya Yosifova St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Pages: 123-149

Abstract:

The paper offers an outline of the characteristics of legal language in Bulgarian legislation documents. The necessity to focus on the linguistic traits of this kind of legal text stems from the importance of a particular subject matter which bridges the purely legal and purely linguistic bounds in an indispensable partnership aimed at theformulation of texts meeting two fundamental requirements: the specific logic of legislative texts and accessibility of information. The findings may be of interest to various addressees such as less experienced translators who lack the necessary legal background, as well as lawyers in need of cooperation with linguists for the formulation of legal texts, but also to journalists as an aid for the competent and responsible tackling of legal language.

Keywords:

legal language, linguistic traits, legislation, text function

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