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    STUDIA PHILOLOGIA - Issue no. 2 / 2014  

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  Abstract:  Should legal language be reformed? If we want to make legal language a clearer and more efficient means of communication, we have to identify all the elements that are most likely in the path of clear comprehension. Some aspects of legal language present great difficulties for lay persons. Comprehension can be made difficult by linguistic elements and not elements that are specifically legal. As it was so often proved, to identify the problem is relatively easy but to find a solution is another matter. In what follows we will try to identify some of the more common elements of legal English that, according to our study, have been found to distort comprehension.

Key words: legal discourse, specialist community, utterance, discursive pattern

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