Ambiguity and models, ambiguous phrasing, humor, structural ambiguity
In his book Legal Drafting in a Nutshell, Haggard includes a useful chapter of nearly 50 pages in which he lists various lexical and structural elements and explains how these can lead to ambiguous writing. The kind of inventory approach that he presents is helpful and reveals that ambiguity doesn't just happen but often results from the careless use of identifiable structures or particular words.
Original Publication Citation
Oaks, D. D., and J. Lewis. "What can Humor and Advertising Teach Us about Legal Drafting?" Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on 41.4 (1998): 277-9
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Oaks, Dallin D. and Lewis, Jeremy, "What Can Humor And Advertising Teach Us About Legal Drafting?" (1998). All Faculty Publications. 633.
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology
Electrical and Computer Engineering
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