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A Comparative Analysis Of European V And British Legal Texts: Directives Vs. Statutes


  • Ph.D Student Alina-Maria ZAHARIA

    (University of Craiova, Faculty of Letters, Department of Anglo-American Studies)


When doing business in the European Union, it is important to know and understand the EU legislation. Legal language is often incomprehensible to the general public. Specialist writings should be directed not only to an audience with expert knowledge in the field but also to ordinary people. The purpose of this article is to analyze the language of law used in British and European legislative documents. Legal language is defined as a technical language, a language which is used by specialists. Legal language is characterized by an impersonal style with formulaic structures, long sentences, typical legal vocabulary and syntactic complexity. I will try to point out the accuracy and precision used in legal style as well as the different ways of expressing modality. The European directives used in this work were taken from the Official Journal of the European Communities and the Acts of Parliament from the online UK Statute Law Database.

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  • Ph.D Student Alina-Maria ZAHARIA, 2009. "A Comparative Analysis Of European V And British Legal Texts: Directives Vs. Statutes," Revista Tinerilor Economisti (The Young Economists Journal), University of Craiova, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 1(13S), pages 144-147, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:aio:rteyej:v:1:y:2009:i:13s:p:144-147

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    1. Mortensen, Dale T, 1999. "Equilibrium Unemployment Dynamics," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 40(4), pages 889-914, November.
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    register; legislation; written; legal documents; accuracy; sentence length.;

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    • K1 - Law and Economics - - Basic Areas of Law
    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law


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