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Language and Law: A resource book for students (Routledge English Language Introductions)

Language and Law: A resource book for students (Routledge English Language Introductions)

By: Janny Leung (author), Alan Durant (author)Paperback

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Language plays an essential role both in creating law and in governing its implementation. Providing an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this subject, Language and Law: describes the different registers and genres that make up spoken and written legal language and how they develop over time;analyses real-life examples drawn from court cases from different parts of the world, illustrating the varieties of English used in the courtroom by speakers occupying different roles;addresses the challenges presented to our notions of law and regulation by online communication;discusses the complex role of translation in bilingual and multilingual jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and Canada; andprovides readings from key scholars in the discipline, including Lawrence Solan, Peter Goodrich, Marianne Constable, David Mellinkoff, and Chris Heffer. With a wide range of activities throughout, this accessible textbook is essential reading for anyone studying language and law or forensic linguistics.

About Author

Alan Durant is Professor of Communication in the School of Law at Middlesex University, London. Janny HC Leung is an Associate Professor in the School of English at University of Hong Kong.


A Introduction: Key Concepts1 What Kind of Variety is `Legal Language'?2 The Historical Development of Legal English3 Legal Genres4 Participant Roles and Speech Styles in the Courtroom5 Persuasion in Court6 Interpreting Meaning in Legislative Texts7 The Vocabulary of Legal Power8 Legal Protection and Regulation of Language9 Forensic Evidence10 Legal Order and Linguistic Diversity B Development: Contemporary Approaches 1 Linguistic Features of Legal Language2 Functions of Legal Language3 Genre Analysis of Legal Texts4 Spoken Discourse in the Courtroom 5 Linguistic Strategies Used by Lawyers6 Pragmatics and Legal Interpretation7 Legal Speech Acts8 Disputing `Ordinary Language'9 Techniques in Forensic Linguistics10 Linguistic Challenges in Bilingual and Multilingual Legal Order C Exploration: Analyses and Examples1 Attitudes towards Legal Language2 Reforming Legal Language3 Reading a Statute4 Style and Restrictions in Courtroom Interaction5 Rhetorical Techniques in Legal Advocacy6 Deciding Legal Meaning7 Performatives in Speech and Writing8 Misleading Language in Adverts 9 Language Data as Evidence10 Same Law, Different Texts D Extension: Engaging with the Scholarship1 Law as a Profession of Words2 Public Understanding of Legal Language3 The Language of Jury Trial4 Courtroom Language: Theory and Practice5 Talking the Language of Lawyers6 Perspectives on Legal Interpretation7 Understanding Legal Speech Acts and Rules8 Language Struggles Online9 Resolving Disputed Meaning in Court10 Bilingualism and Jury Service

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138025578
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 258
  • ID: 9781138025578
  • weight: 474
  • ISBN10: 1138025577

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