Colloquia Germanica Stetinensia (Jan 2020)

Routineausdrücke in deutschen Gesetzestexten – Versuch einer Klassifizierung

  • Małgorzata Płomińska

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Vol. 29


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In the linguistics of language for special purposes / special text, one of the characteristics of the legal language is its formulaicity. It should be regarded as a particularly distinctive and even constitutive feature of legal texts. For many genres of texts used in legal professional communication, it is not only the compositional standardization that is characteristic, but above all the formulaicity on the level of expression, the main exhibit of which is the pattern of routine expressions repeated in copies of a given genre of text. Due to their species-specific determination, they should only be described in relation to a specific species/quality variant of text. The aim of the article is to attempt a typology of routine expressions occurring in German primary statutory texts.