Language and the Law

1st Edition

John Peter Gibbons

Routledge
Published July 18, 1994
Textbook - 490 Pages
ISBN 9780582101456 - CAT# Y159172
Series: Language In Social Life

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Summary

Explains and describes the ways that language use in the legal system can create inequality and disadvantage. It examines the three main areas where the two intersect: the central issue of the language of the law; the disadvantage which language can impose before the law, and forensic linguistics - the use of linguistic evidence in legal processes.

Each section of the book is preceded by an introduction by the editor which sets the paper within a conceptual framework. Lawyer's opinions are not neglected even though the collection is written mainly by linguists. The section concludes with a lawyer's response, in which a prominent lawyer with a particular interest in the content of the section responds to the papers.

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