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Legislative drafting guidelines: How different are they from controlled language rules for technical writing?


Höfler, Stefan (2012). Legislative drafting guidelines: How different are they from controlled language rules for technical writing? In: Kuhn, Tobias; Fuchs, Norbert E. Controlled Natural Language - Third International Workshop, CNL 2012. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 138-151.

Abstract

While human-oriented controlled languages developed and applied in the domain of technical documentation have received considerable attention, language control exerted in the process of legislative drafting has, until recently, gone relatively unnoticed by the controlled language community. This paper considers existing legislative drafting guidelines from the perspective of controlled language. It presents the results of a qualitative comparison of the rule sets of four German-language legislative drafting guidelines from Austria, Germany and Switzerland with a representative collection of controlled language rules published by the German Professional Association for Technical Communication. The analysis determines the extent to which the respective rule sets control the same or similar aspects of language use and identifies the main differences between legislative drafting guidelines and controlled language rules for technical writing.

Abstract

While human-oriented controlled languages developed and applied in the domain of technical documentation have received considerable attention, language control exerted in the process of legislative drafting has, until recently, gone relatively unnoticed by the controlled language community. This paper considers existing legislative drafting guidelines from the perspective of controlled language. It presents the results of a qualitative comparison of the rule sets of four German-language legislative drafting guidelines from Austria, Germany and Switzerland with a representative collection of controlled language rules published by the German Professional Association for Technical Communication. The analysis determines the extent to which the respective rule sets control the same or similar aspects of language use and identifies the main differences between legislative drafting guidelines and controlled language rules for technical writing.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:19 Jul 2012 09:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:53
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Number:7427
ISSN:0302-9743
Funders:Swiss National Science Foundation
Additional Information:CNL 2012
Related URLs:http://attempto.ifi.uzh.ch/site/cnl2012/ (Organisation)
http://www.springer.com/computer/theoretical+computer+science/book/978-3-642-32611-0 (Publisher)

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