Legal language

By Tiersma, Peter Meijes

Publishers Summary:
"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 of legal language." "Tiersma demonstrates that arcane vocabulary is not an inevitable feature of our legal system, and he sheds much-needed light on the verbiage of documents ranging from leases, wills, and employment agreements to the freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. All these issues are wrapped up in the legal language that continues to evolve and shape our culture, making Tiersma's concluding call for clear, concise communication both powerful and timely."--BOOK JACKET.

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ISBN
978-0-22680-302-9
Publisher
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1999.


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Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 1998

Tiersma (Loyola Law Sch.) has written an interesting descriptive history of how Anglo-American "legalese" developed and continues to thrive as we move into the 21st century. He begins by tracing the roots of legalistic terminology back to Celtic times and then details its expansion during the Anglo-Saxon era as certain words were refined to minimize conf...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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