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Lectures on Legal Linguistics

Marcus Galdia

This book describes law from the perspective of its language. It expands, reformulates and reshapes the author’s previous book «Legal Linguistics». The recomposed text corresponds to lectures held for students of legal linguistics and scholars interested in the fundamental legal-linguistic research. The author focuses on legal-linguistic operations such as legal argumentation and legal interpretation that steer the legal discourse. He also explains the processes in which the meaning of law emerges in discursive practices. Furthermore, he scrutinizes problems of textuality of law. This book is also an introduction into the law of linguistic communication and into legal futurology that comprises linguistic aspects of legal globalization.

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The following bibliography includes only works quoted in the main text of this book. A general bibliography of legal linguistics is included in Mattila (2006) and Mattila (2012a, 2013a). Some of the works quoted in the main text include only marginal remarks on legal-linguistic issues or are dealing with doctrinal aspects of law that are transformed in this book into explicit legal-linguistic knowledge. Some others can be called explicitly legal-linguistic. The difference between these two types of sources is not marked in the bibliography. Furthermore, some works related to fundamental issues of social sciences may be relevant to our topic only in terms of its theoretical frame of reference. This circumstance notwithstanding, they are listed in this bibliography. Works of classics such as Cicero’s Topica, Boethius’ De differentiis topicis or the Roman Corpus Iuris Civilis that belong to the universal history of thought are not included in my bibliography. Works from which only textual examples have been borrowed are mentioned in the main text. Likewise, works commented in the main text that are provided bibliographic information there are not listed in this bibliography.

Aarnio, A., Alexy, R., Peczenik, A. (1983): Grundlagen der juristischen Argumentation, in: Krawietz, W., Alexy, R. (eds.): Metatheorie juristischer Argumentation (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot).

Aarnio, A. (1987): The Rational as Reasonable: a Treatise on Legal Justification (Dordrecht: Reidel).

Aarnio, A. (1989): Laintulkinnan teoria (Porvoo, Helsinki: W. Söderström).

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