Is There a Legal Language?

Legal language has its own particularities as distinctive as the special attributes of advertising, conversation, literary fiction, journalism and a host of other identifiable communicative orientations. For example, while advertising may seek to convince - and conversation may convey personality, fiction elicit images, journalism boast brevity - legal language depends on precision.

In this sense, legal language emulates the natural sciences. It can be said that the law is man's attempt to fashion a terminology to denote thought and behavior with the same objective precision as concepts of math, chemistry, etc.

As with all human endeavor, the attempt is not always entirely successful, and thus a degree of ambiguity remains even in the language of lawyers ... and judges.

(from Legal Translation - The Language of Lawyers - The Language of Judges - The Judicial Analogy - The Language of Witnesses - The Language of the Law - Why Legal Translation!)

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