Language and Law: A resource book for students

1st Edition

Alan Durant, Janny HC Leung

Routledge
Published March 10, 2016
Textbook - 258 Pages
ISBN 9781138025578 - CAT# Y166243
Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

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Summary

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; and
  • provides 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.

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