26. Terminology Work In Different Domains: Legal Terminology

in Languages for Special Purposes

Abstract

The object of study of terminology is the knowledge units of a specific domain. This paper sets out to identify the knowledge units of law by describing the features and characteristics of legal concepts and stressing the importance of conceptual information for terminology and translation. Legal concepts are bound to a specific legal system and equivalence across legal systems does not exist in principle. Against the background of this system-specifity the paper brings forward a comparative approach in legal terminology work which safeguards clarity and unambiguity in legal communication across borders.

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