DOI: 10.1515/les.2010.002
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Abstract: Linguistic and conceptual differences between legal languages are closely related to the distance between the corresponding legal systems. This is illustrated by a comparison of Anglo-American law texts on the one hand and texts and terminology from continental systems like French and German law on the other hand. Special problems arise in officially multilingual states like Switzerland which has one common legal system and four different legal languages. All legal documents in these languages are considered …

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