The secret to legal foretelling: generic and inter-generic aspects of vagueness in contracts, patents and regulations

Engberg, Jan and Arinas Pellon, Ismael (2011). The secret to legal foretelling: generic and inter-generic aspects of vagueness in contracts, patents and regulations. "International Journal of English Studies", v. 11 (n. 1); pp. 55-73. ISSN 1578-7044. https://doi.org/10.6018/137101.

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Title: The secret to legal foretelling: generic and inter-generic aspects of vagueness in contracts, patents and regulations
Author/s:
  • Engberg, Jan
  • Arinas Pellon, Ismael
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: International Journal of English Studies
Date: June 2011
ISSN: 1578-7044
Volume: 11
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: G enre analysis, corpus linguistics, generic integrity, vagueness, legal discourse, intergeneric conventions, disciplinary genres
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Industriales (UPM)
Department: Lingüistica Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

In this genre analysis research paper, we compare U.S. patents, contracts, and regulations on technical matters with a focus upon the relation between vagueness and communicative purposes and subpurposes of these three genres. Our main interest is the investigation of intergeneric conventions across the three genres, based on the software analysis of three corpora (one for each genre, 1 million words per corpus). The result of the investigation is that intergeneric conventions are found at the level of types of expressed linguistic vagueness, but that intergeneric conventions at the level of actual formulations are rare. The conclusion is that at this latter level the influence from the situation type underlying the individual genre is more important than the overarching legal character of the genres, when we talk about introducing explicit vagueness in the text.

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Item ID: 15331
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/15331/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:15331
DOI: 10.6018/137101
Official URL: http://revistas.um.es/ijes/article/view/137101/124401
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 30 Nov 2013 14:34
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 15:23
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