AbstractIn the era of globalized knowledge and communication language economy has become important determining factor in the creation process of specialized texts. The language economy has to ensure effective communication and to reduce the cognitive effort required for a text reception and production. To optimize the communication process, a variety of measures have been developed to make text condensation possible. One of these measures are references in legal texts. The purpose of this paper is to present different types of references combined with the analysis of their text function and role in the process of text reception. By empirically examining of the selected examples from the German Criminal Code,we will examine whether the language economy always helps the reader to understand legal texts? Finally, our focus is on showing of the possible causes for the communication inefficiency of examined references.
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