Call for papers – Legal phraseology

141x200A special Issue of FACHSPRACHE, on Legal Phraseology and Specialised Meanings in Multilingual Settings is being prepared. The guest editors are Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski (University of Łódź) and Gianluca Pontrandolfo (University of Trieste).

FACHSPRACHE – International Journal of Specialized Communication is a refereed international journal that publishes original articles on all aspects of specialized communication and provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers and teachers interested in this field.

Below is a summary of the Call for papers. Further details can be found in the PDF to be downloaded at the bottom of this post.

The editors invite submissions that present innovative studies addressing empirical/data-driven investigations on phraseological patterns in legal discourse/institutional settings, especially from a contrastive, cross-linguistic and corpus perspective.

Special emphasis should be placed on the role of phraseological items and patterns in expressing and encoding specialised meanings, including social, interactive and cognitive aspects linked to knowledge maintenance structure and transfer, generic integrity and variation.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1. How phraseological patterns reflect conceptual knowledge frames, scripts and mental models in which legal terms are embedded;
  2. How phraseology is used to express evaluation, evidentiality and stance;
  3. How phraseological patterns can be used to examine variation in legal genres;
  4. How phraseology can contribute to maintaining generic integrity;
  5. The relationship between terminology and phraseology in legal discourse;
  6. Data-driven studies on traditional phraseological patterns (e.g. lexical collocations, lexical bundles, routine formulae, doublets and triplets, etc.);
  7. Phraseology and legal translation;
  8. Translation-oriented studies of phraseological patterns;
  9. Translated vs. non-translated legal phraseology;

Submission details

Language of the publication: Papers should be submitted in English.

Important dates:
15 June 2014 – Submission of abstracts to legalphraseology2015(at)

Abstracts of up to 700 words (exclusive of references) should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results.

  • 15 July 2014 – Notification of acceptance
  • 1 January 2015 – A journal-ready paper for review to be submitted by email
  • Mid-November 2015 – Publication.

To download further details on the Call for Papers, as well as a short bibliography of related works, click the button below.



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