Linguistic Functional Feature Analysis of English Legal Memorandum
The aim of the paper is to investigate the genetic structure and functional features of the English legal memorandum.To satisfy this aim, the author collects some authentic English legal memorandums and adopts the approaches based on Swales and Hasan to explore the structure levels of the texts. The research also draws on the three metafunctions of Holliday’s systemic functional linguistics to find out some linguistic strategies. Linguistic functional features are found in an amount from the systemic functional perspective, which reveals that memorandum inclines to employ material and relational process; prefer declarative mood, fractional imperative mood, and hardly any exclamation mood; in favor of unmarked with simple nominal groups; clausal theme and theme of nominal group complex followed by long and complicated sentence. The findings are mainly devoted to the guidelines for legal memo writing.
Halliday, M.A.K,.& Hasan, R.(1985). Language, context and text: Aspects of language in a social-semiotic perspective.Victoria: Deakin University Press.
Halliday, M. A. K., & Martin, J. R.(1993). Writing science: literacy and discourse power.Pittsburgh University Press.
Hasan, R. (1985). The structure of a text.In M. A. K. Halliday & R. Hanson (Eds.), Language, context and text: Aspects of language in social-semiotic perspective. Victoria Deakin University Press.
Li, M. X. (2006).Functional grammar: a course book.Beijing: Foreign Language Press.
Du, J. B. (2004). Forensic linguistics (p.131).Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.
He, Z. Y. (2003) The latest english for attorneys and law students (p.17). Beijing: Beijing Machinery Industry Press.
Hu, Z. L., Zhu, Y. S., & Zhang, D. L. (1989). A survey of systemic functional grammar. Hunan: Hunan Education Press.
Liao, M. Z. (2004). A review of study of forensic linguistics abroad. Contemporary Linguistics, 6(1), 66-76.
Liu, W. M. (2003). Research on legal linguistics. Beijing: Economic Press.
Wang, N. (2002). Legal document writing.Kunming: Yunnan University Press.
Zhu, Y. S., & Yan, S. Q. (2001). Reflections on systemic functional linguistics.Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.
- There are currently no refbacks.
How to do online submission to another Journal?
If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:
1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author
Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.
Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.
We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright © 2010 Canadian Research & Development Center of Sciences and Cultures
Address: 9375 Rue de Roissy Brossard, Québec, J4X 3A1, Canada
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138