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    Semantically cued contextual implicatures in legal texts
    Journal of Pragmatics 42 (3): 728-743. 2010.
    In this article I discuss one of the linguistic means which enables speakers to represent content in their utterances without expressing it explicitly. I will argue, in line with Wilson and Sperber, that the logical form of the argument encoded by an utterance (however fragmentarily or incompletely) is sufficient as a cue directing the hearers to the implicit content of the speaker's meaning. I will suggest that the logical form of the encoded argument enables the speaker to represent in the utt…Read more
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    The rationality of legal argumentation
    Pragmatics and Cognition 17 (2): 383-401. 2009.
    According to Dascal, controversy is characterised by a special kind of rationality, one result thereof being the unique contribution of this kind of polemics to the growth of knowledge. This, in turn, implies that complete cooperation may be detrimental for the efficiency of communication. In this article I discuss the kind of rationality that characterises controversy in legal discourse, in order to provide additional support to Dascal’s thesis about the uniqueness of the rationality of this ki…Read more
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    The Use of the Biblical Oath and Its Development
    International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 29 (3): 685-707. 2016.
    The use of the oath in Jewish law reflects the religious nature of this system of law: in case a litigant cannot receive justice from the human judges s/he is entitled to call on God by swearing an oath. I begin this survey of the use of oaths in Jewish law with a discussion of the nature of “swearing an oath” based on biblical stories and biblical rules that regulate the use of oaths outside court. I then focus on the use of the oath in court; I survey the domain of circumstances in which an oa…Read more
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    Manipulation by deliberate failure of communication
    Pragmatics and Society 6 (4): 502-516. 2015.
    This work studies manipulative use of language that can be called “deliberate failure of communication”; I characterize this kind of manipulation and show that it can be found in the discourse of marketing experts and legal professionals. Relying on relevance theory, I show that manipulation of this kind takes advantage of what van Dijk calls the “context model” of the addressees. I exemplify two ways in which the context models of some of the discourse’s participants might be misused in order t…Read more
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    The Legal Notion of “Linguistic Possibility”: The Israeli Case
    International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 28 (2): 251-266. 2015.
    After a brief survey of the Israeli legal system, I will elucidate how the method of judicial interpretation used in Israeli courts is applied by means of an example of the judicial interpretation of section 37 of the Land Appreciation Tax Law presented by Judge Grunis in the Shadmi case. This case reveals a controversy among the judges of the Israeli Supreme Court over the notion of “linguistic possibility”. As this notion is one of the judicial criteria for appropriateness of purposive interpr…Read more
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    On the Incoherence of Legal Language to the General Public
    International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 24 (1): 41-59. 2011.
    I will suggest, in this article, a possible explanation of the fact that legal language appears incoherent to the general public. I will present one legal text (an indictment), explaining why it appears incoherent to legal laypersons. I will argue that the traits making this particular text appear incoherent are, first, that a specialized legal meaning is conveyed implicitly and, second, that there are no key-words that could direct laypersons to the knowledge making this meaning obvious to lega…Read more
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    Legal Causality and Criminal Intent in the Legal Discourse
    International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique 19 (2): 183-205. 2006.
    In this article I analyse linguistic means employed to reconstruct causality in court. Identifying the causal relations that induced the occurrence in reality is particularly important when the mental element of the offence is considered proving criminal intent is showing existence of a causal relation between an intention and a legally prohibited act.I show that the legal significance of an action depends on the time of the action relative to other events. I will show that in the legal-criminal…Read more
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    Name der Zeitschrift: Semiotica Jahrgang: 2016 Heft: 209 Seiten: 99-123