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Title: The Logical-Semantic Structure of Legislative Sentences
Authors: Deschamps, Karen
Smessaert, Hans
Keywords: legislative language
legal norms
predicate-argument structure
semantic roles
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Instytut Językoznawstwa Wydział Neofilologii, UAM
Citation: Comparative Legilinguistics, vol. 1, 2009, pp. 73-87.
Abstract: This article analyses the logical-semantic structure of legislative sentences from a linguistic point-of-view. First, it is examined which elements constitute the meaning of legislative sentences. The following norm elements will be discussed: legal modality, norm subject, act, conditions of application, time and space, norm authority and negation. In the second part of the article, the logical-semantic relations between these elements are analysed. Following Bowers (1989), these logical-semantic relations are represented in a predicate-argument structure on diff erent levels.
ISSN: 2080-5926
Appears in Collections:Comparative Legilinguistics, 2009, vol. 01

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