General Linguistics

Selected Subfields


Research exercise: define jargon expressions

The following words carry one meaning in everyday contexts but have a different, specialized meaning in legalese the jargon of the legal profession. Determine the distinctive sense of these words in legalese:

(1) hearing

(2) party

(3) suit

(4) note

(5) consideration

(6) motion

(7) rider

(8) action

(Based on Finegan, 2004: 342)