By Hans-Christian Leiper Kirsch, Thomas L Kane, Wolf Leslau
This number of essays has reasons: first to provide the complex scholar of Amharic a pattern of the Amharic writing kind and secondly to supply details on Ethiopia's cultural history. The texts have been written by way of a number of Ethiopian collage scholars a few forty years in the past on matters with which they have been so much popular resembling naming, christening, marriage ceremony, burial rite, foods and drinks, the way of donning outfits, condo building in Amhara state, day-by-day paintings of an Ethiopian girl, landholding disputes, attractiveness, service provider, mercato, kingdom marketplace, artisans, elderhood, clergymen, dabtara, monkhood, divination, Christmas, Easter, Addis Ababa, town of Gondar, Harar urban and so forth. even if your time has handed because the assortment was once compiled the texts exhibit a very good photograph of Ethiopian tradition. every one Amharic textual content is given an English translation at the contrary part. The publication is done by means of an Amharic-English Dictionary of approximately ninety pages and an index of English phrases and Amharic lexemes.
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Lawyers’ language not only alien but also alienating To sum up the argument so far: the law’s effectiveness as a system of justice depends on its legitimacy, which in turn demands that the presumption of knowledge is tenable as a description of the state of affairs to which it refers; the remoteness of the language of the law from ordinary speech argues against the presumption. But this remoteness alone does not account for the apparently deeply felt and aggressively expressed repugnance aroused by legal utterances and texts.
The parent engaged in the ‘training’ of his child in manners, etiquette or convention is soon made aware from the child’s reiteration of ‘why’, his demand for reasons, that the child understands the essence of what constitutes normativity. Reliance by the parent on ‘the done thing’ form of justification conflates the normal and the normative, leaving the child intellectually dissatisfied. Nonetheless, much of the burden of the shaping of behaviour and expectations in society, the process of socialisation, is borne by the individual’s learned ability to distinguish and conform to normality.
By contrast, the inventor of the caution, through his fixation on degreezero (plain) language has produced a synthetic, dull, lifeless composition, at a far distance from ordinary speech. Then what the campaigners advocate, perhaps, may not be simple or bare language, but clear language. If so, the conjuring trick is exposed. ‘Plain language’ disappears into the hat and the rabbit that is brought out is plain meaning. The very blandness of the quality of plainness blinds us and the campaigners themselves to the radical difference between ‘make use of plain language’ and ‘use language which makes your meaning plain’.