This contribution is the extended abstract on an investigation of the institutional legal genre of EU Directives with reference to the macro-discoursal area of Summaries of EU Legislation (http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/about/index_en.htm), specifically, the thematic area of food safety, as a type of genre parallel to that of Directives, within the time span 1982-2008. The report is about the main aim of the study, i.e. to investigate the sections Europe Direct and ???user-friendly??? summaries, where the primary purpose appears to be strongly informative and promotional. Attention is focused on the values of modal auxiliary verbs in the source and the target texts through a diachronic investigation of modal auxiliary verbs employed in the summaries since the eighties and up to 2008 in order to explore a growing tendency towards ???easification??? within the target text. A further point to be analysed is the use of the ???direct citation??? device, that is, citations from the source text with no kind of punctuation signalling the elements migrating from the Directive so that the summaries can be conceived as the result of hybridization of two main legal genres and registers: the legal discourse of Directives and that of the Summaries. This kind of hybridization and the use of direct citations are explored at the interactional level of discourse and as having a perlocutionary effect.

From making to promoting law. An investigation of the evolution of legal discourse on the EU website

POLESE, VANDA;
2010

Abstract

This contribution is the extended abstract on an investigation of the institutional legal genre of EU Directives with reference to the macro-discoursal area of Summaries of EU Legislation (http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/about/index_en.htm), specifically, the thematic area of food safety, as a type of genre parallel to that of Directives, within the time span 1982-2008. The report is about the main aim of the study, i.e. to investigate the sections Europe Direct and ???user-friendly??? summaries, where the primary purpose appears to be strongly informative and promotional. Attention is focused on the values of modal auxiliary verbs in the source and the target texts through a diachronic investigation of modal auxiliary verbs employed in the summaries since the eighties and up to 2008 in order to explore a growing tendency towards ???easification??? within the target text. A further point to be analysed is the use of the ???direct citation??? device, that is, citations from the source text with no kind of punctuation signalling the elements migrating from the Directive so that the summaries can be conceived as the result of hybridization of two main legal genres and registers: the legal discourse of Directives and that of the Summaries. This kind of hybridization and the use of direct citations are explored at the interactional level of discourse and as having a perlocutionary effect.
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