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Lost in the Eurofog: The Textual Fit of Translated Law

Second Revised Edition


Łucja Biel

The book is one of the few in-depth investigations into the nature of EU legal translation and its impact on national legal languages. It is also the first attempt to characterise EU Polish, a language of supranational law and a hybrid variant of legal Polish emerging via translation. The book applies Chesterman's concept of textual fit, that is how translations differ from non-translations, to demonstrate empirically on large corpora how the Polish eurolect departs from the conventions of legal and general Polish both at the macrostructural and microstructural level. The findings are juxtaposed with the pre-accession version of Polish law to track the 'Europeanisation' of legal Polish – recent changes brought about by the unprecedented inflow of EU translations.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Biel, Łucja, 1974- author. Title: Lost in the Eurofog : the textual fit of translated law / Łucja Biel. Description: Second revised edition. | New York : Peter Lang GmbH, [2017] | Series: Studies in language, culture and society, ISSN 2195-7479 ; vol. 10 | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017020643| ISBN 9783631727225 (Print) | ISBN 9783631727331 (E-PDF) | ISBN 9783631727348 (EPUB) | ISBN 9783631727355 (MOBI) Subjects: LCSH: Law–Translating–European Union countries. | Law– Translating–Poland. | Law–Language. | Semantics (Law) Classification: LCC KJE5306 .B54 2017 | DDC 418/.0334–dc23 LC record available at

ISSN 2195-7479 ISBN 978-3-631-72722-5 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72733-1 (E-PDF) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72734-8 (EPUB) E-ISBN 978-3-631-72735-5 (MOBI) DOI 10.3726/b11383

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