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Parution : 09/2020
Editeur : Brill
ISBN : 978-9-0044-2848-5
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Law, Language and Change

A Diachronic Semantic Analysis of Consideration in the Common Law

Caroline Laske

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In this monograph, Caroline Laske traces the advent of consideration in English contract law, by analysing the doctrinal development, in parallel with the corresponding terminological evolution and semantic shifts between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is an innovative, interdisciplinary study, showcasing the value of taking a diachronic corpus linguistics-based approach to the study of legal change and legal development, and the semantic shifts in the corresponding terminology. The seminal application in the legal field of these analytical methodologies borrowed from pragmatic linguistics goes beyond the content approach that legal research usually practices and it has allowed for claims of semantic change to be objectified. This ground-breaking work is pitched at scholars of legal history, law & language, and linguistics.



Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Legal Concepts and Terminology

Chapter 3 Language, Functional Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics

Chapter 4 Legal Language in England from the 14th to the 18th Centuries

Chapter 5 The Origins of the Concept of Consideration

Chapter 6 Corpus Linguistic Analysis

Chapter 7 Conclusions

Annex 1 Anglo-Norman Sources

Annex 2 Legal Sources

Annex 3 Table of Key Cases

Annex 4 Reigns of Kings and Queens between 1066 and 1900

History Library , Vol. 42 , 242 pages.  116,00 €

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