Marijana Javornik Čubrić

University professor
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Zagreb, Croatia


Law is necessarily bound to language and, in that sense legal language has existed as long as the law. However, legal linguistics as a scientific discipline was developed in the beginning of the 20th century. It has significantly expanded only in the last twenty years. Legal linguistics may broadly be defined as the study of the language of the law, including the language of legal documents and the language of courts. It also includes the study, the provision and improvement of professional legal interpreting and translation services, as well as the provision of forensic linguistic evidence based on the best available linguistic expertise. In simplest terms, legal linguistics examines the development, characteristics, and usage of legal language. Legal language is not used only for internal professional communication, its use is very widespread as law governs all areas of life and affects all people and therefore legal linguistics is becoming increasingly important.

What is legal linguistic and how it evolved over time?


Marijana Javornik Čubrić is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages. She studied English and Russian Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and obtained a BA degree in 1994. She completed the postgraduate study in literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and earned a master’s degree in 2006. She earned a PhD in 2012 in the field of legal linguistics. She authored two and co-authored three ESP textbooks.

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