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Legal Hebrew

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Author(s): Azuelos-Atias, Sol
1. Introduction Legal Hebrew—the language spoken in Israeli courts and written in Israeli legal documents (including contracts, wills, and so on)—is, naturally, a legal language. In Tiersma’s terms, legal Hebrew is a ‘sublanguage’ of Hebrew, where a ‘sublanguage’ is a […] language used in a body of texts dealing with a circumscribed subject area … in which the author[s] of the documents share a common vocabulary and common habits of word usage (Tiersma 1999:143). In what follows, the peculiarities making legal Hebrew a sublanguage of (modern) Hebrew will be surveyed. 2. Non-Technical…

Political Discourse

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Author(s): Azuelos-Atias, Sol
1. Introduction The literature on the various aspects of political discourse is extensive. For accounts of the difficulties in putting forward a theory of language and politics see, for example, Chilton (2004:xi, 28–29, 200); Van Dijk (1997; 2004:346); Wodak (2007:210). On the notion of ‘politics’ in different theoretical framework see, for instance, Van Dijk (1997); Chilton (2004:3, 14); Wodak (2007:210–211). Various aspects of Hebrew political discourse have also been widely discussed. On the semantic, syntactic and argumentative features of Israeli po…