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n Lexikos - Legal terms in general dictionaries of English : the civil procedure mystery

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Abstract

Many general language dictionaries contain specialized terms, including legal terms relating to civil lawsuits. The existing literature provides general discussions of scientific and technical terms in ordinary dictionaries but does not specifically address the inclusion of legal terms. This study examines four general dictionaries of English to see how they treat civil procedure terms used in England and Wales in the light of the change of structure of and terminology used in civil proceedings that took place in 1999. Despite being based on large, up-to-date corpora the dictionaries contain some of the old terms but fail to include the new terms that have been in use for more than 15 years. Why this is the case is a mystery. However, some clues indicate that if they pay more attention to the link between dictionary functions, corpora and the data presented in dictionaries, lexicographers may be able to work in a more focussed way that would likely ensure the inclusion of legal terms as well as terms from other subject fields in general dictionaries. This would also satisfy the needs of users.


Baie algemene woordeboeke bevat gespesialiseerde terme, insluitend regs-terme wat verband hou met siviele hofsake. Die bestaande literatuur verskaf algemene besprekings van wetenskaplike en tegniese terme in gewone woordeboeke, maar hanteer nie spesifiek die insluiting van regsterme nie. In hierdie artikel word vier algemene Engelse woordeboeke bestudeer om te sien hoe hulle siviele regsterme wat in Engeland en Wallis gebruik is, hanteer. Dit word gedoen teen die agtergrond van die verandering in die struktuur van siviele hofsake wat in 1999 plaasgevind het en die terminologie daarin gebruik. Alhoewel die woordeboeke op groot, bygewerkte korpusse gebaseer is, bevat hulle sommige van die ou terme, maar slaag nie daarin om die nuwe terme wat al meer as 15 jaar gebruik word, in te sluit nie. Waarom dit só is, is 'n raaisel. Sommige leidrade dui daarop dat, as leksikograwe meer aandag skenk aan die verband tussen woordeboekfunksies, korpusse en die data wat aangebied word in woordeboeke, hulle op 'n meer gefokusde manier sou kon werk, wat waarskynlik sal verseker dat regsterme sowel as terme uit ander onderwerpsvelde in algemene woordeboeke ingesluit sal word. Dit sal ook aan gebruikersbehoeftes voldoen.

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2015-01-01
2016-12-04
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