THE LOGICAL-SEMANTIC STRUCTURE OF LEGISLATIVE SENTENCES

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Karen DESCHAMPS
Hans SMESSAERT

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This article analyses the logical-semantic structure of legislative sentences from a linguistic point-of-view. First, it is examined which elements constitute the meaning of legislative sentences. The following norm elements will be discussed: legal modality, norm subject, act, conditions of application, time and space, norm authority and negation. In the second part of the article, the logical-semantic relations between these elements are analysed. Following Bowers (1989), these logical-semantic relations are represented in a predicate-argument structure on different levels.

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DESCHAMPS, K., & SMESSAERT, H. (2009). THE LOGICAL-SEMANTIC STRUCTURE OF LEGISLATIVE SENTENCES. Comparative Legilinguistics, 1, 73-87. https://doi.org/10.14746/cl.2009.01.06
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