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Political Idiots and Ignorant Clients. Vernacular Legal Language in Thirteenth-Century Iberian Culture


In this article, the author explores the idea that during the thirteenth century there were implemented new vernacular legal languages that were communicated to the ignorant clients of the law or lay people by notarial officers. The article theorizes around the effects of this communication, understood as a process of second language acquisition in which the second language is the formulaic system contained in legal documents.

Rodríguez-Velasco, Jesús. “Political Idiots and Ignorant Clients: Vernacular Legal Language in Thirteenth-Century Iberian Culture.” Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures: 86-112. Print.

This article is a contribution to the field of Law and Culture from the perspective of Medieval Iberian Studies, Material Studies, and Manuscript Studies. I am particularly concerned with the ways in which legal languages travel outside the discipline and the profession, thus inflicting important changes in politics and societies.

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