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Legal Terms from the Rhetorical Perspective: Legal Genre Approach

Pravo. Zhurnal Vysshey shkoly ekonomiki. 2015. No. 3. P. 168-181.

Abstract: The approach to legal terms of art (or technical legal terms) form rhetorical perspectives is based on their place in  legal discourse depending on the genre of the text. Analysis of polysemy and homonymy in statutory texts andinvestigation of legal terms versus terms in other sciences is made. Special attention is paid to technical legal terms, which have different definitions in different branches of law, to legal definitions, which have different meaning in law and other sciences, to terms of “general science” (such as ‘assimilation’, ‘operation’, ‘balance’, etc.) and to those words, which can be used in legal texts in their ordinary or terminological meaning (e.g. ‘agent’, ‘defender’). A distinction will be drawn between the technical legal terms in legal theory and technical legal terms, which found their definitions in statutory texts or regulations.