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Author: Peter Meijes Tiersma
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Peter Tiersma's history of legal language slices through the polysyllabic thicket of legalese. He shows to what extent legalese is a product of its past, when Anglo-Saxon mercenaries, Latin-speaking missionaries, Scandinavian raiders, and Norman invaders all left their marks on the language that lawyers use today. Tiersma suggests, however, that history alone provides an inadequate explanation for the peculiarities
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Meijes Tiersma
ISBN: 0226803023 9780226803029
OCLC Number: 38959699
Description: vii, 314 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Celts, Anglo-Saxons, and Danes --
2. The Norman Conquest and the Rise of French --
3. The Resurgence of English --
4. Talking Like a Lawyer --
5. The Quest for Precision --
6. The Legal Lexicon --
7. Interpretation and Meaning --
8. Variation --
9. Pleadings: Constructing the Legal Narrative --
10. Testimony and Truth --
11. Completing the Story --
12. What Makes Legal Language Difficult to Understand? --
13. Plain English --
14. Communicating with the Jury --
App. A. An Anglo-Saxon Legal Document --
App. B. A Case in Law French --
App. C. A Modern Will --
App. D. Excerpts from Jury Instructions --
App. E. Original Citibank Promissory Note --
App. F. Revised Citibank Promissory Note.
Responsibility: Peter M. Tiersma.
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