When Linguists Talk About Contract Language

It’s not only transactional types who are interested in contract language. If you want to see how a different online ecosystem approaches the subject, I suggest you have a look at this post on Language Log and the related comments.

I like to think that I stand somewhere between the linguists and the lawyers. It’s good to have both perspectives.

By the way, check out this comment by Anon. It offers that trusty rationalization for mainstream contract language—”Sure this language looks bizarre, but it works!” If I thought that were the case, I wouldn’t have started this blog.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.