Language and Law

A resource book for students
by Alan Durant & Janny HC Leung
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Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

Publication Date: May 08, 2017

ISBN: 9781315436234

Binding: Kobo eBook

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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; 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.