Elena Yurevna Balashova, Olga Vladimirovna Nagoga, Elena Anatolyevna Makshantseva

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The article deals with the functions of legislative texts in German, describes the models of language functions in the context of pragmatic theory, and distinguishes basic, communicative, and specific pragmatic functions of the legal language. The aim of the study is to identify the specific functions of the language and to analyze the peculiarities of their manifestation in the texts of laws in German. The taxonomical and pragmatic methods along with the method of functional analysis were used to create the methodological basis for identifying the specific features of these functions in the texts of laws. As a result of the research, specific language functions were revealed - the functions of nomination, message, communication and influence in German legislative texts. The authors came to the conclusion that the functions of message and influence are more brightly demonstrated in the texts and they are implemented in the text of the law with the help of multilevel linguistic means and their combinations.

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