Legal Lexicography: A Comparative Perspective

Author:   Mairtin Mac Aodha ,  Professor Vijay K. Bhatia ,  Ms. Anne Wagner, PhD
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Edition:   New edition
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9781409454410


Pages:   360
Publication Date:   28 October 2014
Format:   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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Author:   Mairtin Mac Aodha ,  Professor Vijay K. Bhatia ,  Ms. Anne Wagner, PhD
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Ashgate Publishing Limited
Edition:   New edition
Weight:   0.816kg
ISBN:  

9781409454410


ISBN 10:   140945441
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   28 October 2014
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'A reference book about legal lexicography was long overdue. With contributions by a number of highly respected experts in the field, this ground-breaking volume places equal emphasis on theory and practice and covers every aspect of the subject (lexicography and translation, monolingual and bilingual dictionaries, etc.), without neglecting the historical perspective. It will prove invaluable to legal translators, lexicographers and lawyers alike.'Frederic Houbert, freelance legal translator'Since Antiquity, legal glossaries and dictionaries have been compiled but seldom analysed. This versatile book fills the gap. It is most useful not only for the professionals of lexicography and terminology work, but also for all lawyers who want to know better the relevant sources of lexical information in their field.'Heikki E.S. Mattila, University of Lapland, Finland'This important work on the connections between legal vocabulary and legal culture is a welcome addition to the literature in the growing field of jurilingistics , a practical and theoretical discipline located at the confluence of law and language. An expert in legal translation and legal terminology who has worked in North America and Europe, editor Mairtin Mac Aodha presents a stimulating collection of essays from a wide range of common law and civil law jurisdictions that show how comparative law, legal history, legal traditions and multilingualism all inform the study of legal lexicography. As multilingual legal dictionaries are increasingly relied upon as points of entry for an understanding of the world's different legal systems, this book will be a source of insight and delight for lawyers, judges, translators, linguists and comparative law scholars working anywhere that law and languages interact.'Nicholas Kasirer, Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal, Canada'The study of law often starts with a dictionary. Better law dictionaries provide substantial insight into the relationship between law and language. Wardens of legal language, they contribute to improving the quality of the language of law; transcripts of legal history, they help lawyers to develop clearer ideas, refreshing and sharpening their legal knowledge; and last but not least, they assist laypersons in their efforts to better understanding law. Mairtin Mac Aodha and his brilliant team of collaborators have to be thanked for putting to lawyers and laypersons alike the challenge of treating legal lexicography as a true social discipline.'Jean-Claude Gemar, Universite de Montreal, Canada


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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.

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