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Published by Corina Alina

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Published by: Corina Alina on Sep 02, 2012
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This paper is an attempt to realize an analysis on the influences of Latin on legalEnglish. To understand the Latin influences on Legal English we must understand theevolution of Legal Latin in Europe and the history of Legal English.The present paper is organized in four chapters as it follows:The first chapter takes a look into European legal systems and highlights theinfluences of Latin language on the vocabularies of the law. An important issue of thischapter is the importance of the Roman Law in Europe. It is a systemof laws that served asmodel for other important legal systems and is also the gate through which Latin spread inwhole Europe. This chapter also studies the ways in which Roman’s language left its markson the major modern legal language on the continent and how it became the commonlanguage of the most legal systems in Europe.The second chapter analyses the development of the English legal system. From theAnglo-Saxon occupation until the Norman Conquest, legal English faced two waves of linguistic influences. One of this is the Latin language, which entered England by themeans of Christianity and Roman Church.The third chapter reveals the most important traces that legal Latin left in thevocabulary and syntax of the legal English. In the third chapter I also approached the pronunciations problems that appears when terms of Latin origin are used in courtrooms or in legal documents. The problems that English lawyers with international experience facein the relation with their foreign lawyers are also presented in chapter three.5

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