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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Legal Linguistics beyond Borders: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Con
Editor , Vogel Friedemann
Publisher Duncker & Humblot, Berlin
Page(s) 229 - 252
ISBN 978-3-428-15423-4
Title of proceedings Legal Linguistics beyond Borders: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Con
DOI 10.5167/uzh-172312

Open Access

URL https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-172312
Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)

Abstract

An increasingly globalised and digitalised legal environment creates additional pressure for legislative texts to be drafted in a clear and transparent way. In this chapter, I argue that text linguistics can make a valuable contribution to how this goal can be achieved. To substantiate this argument, I provide specific examples from legislative drafting in Switzerland. I show how the concepts and methods of text linguistics can help drafters identify and remedy impediments to the transparency of statutes and regulations at a functional, thematic and propositional level of textual structure. I conclude the chapter with a summary of the challenges that lie ahead and the solutions I believe we need to devise to maintain the transparency of the law in a globalised world.
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