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Excursions into the Nature of Legal Language

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Mary Jane Morrison

Hamline University - School of Law

Date Written: 1989

Abstract

This article explores some of the truths on each side of the issue of whether the language of the law is a technical language and whether lawyers speak in a technical language when they speak with each other about the law. The author goes further than claiming the language of the law is technical but also sets out the consequences and limitations of such claims. The article reviews the distinction between speaking carefully and speaking technically, as well as Hart's and Caton’s views on the subject, and offers a new view.

Keywords: Language, technical language, legal language

Suggested Citation

Morrison, Mary Jane, Excursions into the Nature of Legal Language (1989). Cleveland State Law Review, Vol. 37, p. 271, 1989. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1928224

Mary Jane Morrison (Contact Author)

Hamline University - School of Law ( email )

1536 Hewitt Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
United States

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