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date: 24 September 2018

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The second section of this article suggests that the study of language is a cognitive model for comparative law. The third section discusses language's dependence on translation. The fourth section discusses comparative law translations in terms of the contrasting categories that undergird the civil and common law legal systems. The fifth section examines the post-war comparative law scholars' immersion in a new language and legal culture. The sixth section situates comparative law between deeply entrenched, mutually contradictory aspirations of universalism and pluralism. The seventh section shows that former domains of pluralism and difference indeed are receding, but that difference itself remains undiminished. The eighth section notes that comparative law's effectiveness as a translator of the foreign depends on how well its acquired skills and methods can be adapted to new kinds of foreignness. The ninth section offers a concrete application of comparative law analysis as translator of current European legal developments.

Keywords: translation, legal language, English, common law, civil law, comparative law, legal pluralism, European legal developments

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