The transitional sentences in the language of law: Take “dàn/dànshì” sentences for example

Huiting LUO, Shan WANG

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Abstract

This study collects all occurrences of “dàn/dànshì” [but] sentences in our self-constructed legislative language corpus, which amount to 426 and appear in 31 legal documents. All these “dàn/dànshì” sentences are annotated in this study, with the following information: the source of the sentence, the form of the sentence, simple sentence or complex sentence, the position of “dàn/dànshì X”, the semantic relations between “dàn/dànshìX” and other parts of the sentence, the pragmatic function of “dàn/dànshì”, being classified as “danshu” or not and so on. According to the annotation results, this paper summarizes the characteristics of the transitional sentences in the legislative language, and explores the relations between the semantic function of “dàn/dànshìX”, the pragmatic function of “dàn/dànshì” and the forms of “dàn/dànshì” sentences. Based on the results, we put forward some suggestions on how to use “dàn/dànshì” sentences correctly in legal documents.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

Citation

Luo, H., & Wang, S. (2017, May). The transitional sentences in the language of law: Take “dàn/dànshì” sentences for example. Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association: Language and the Brain: coding, understanding, and processing, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

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