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Language and Law

Language and Law

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  • ISBN-13: 9781137017949
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date: Mar 18, 2014
  • Pages: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.46 x 8.41 x 5.54 inches


What is legal language and where is it found? What does a forensic linguist do? How can linguistic skills help legal professionals?

We are constantly surrounded by legal language, but sometimes it is almost impossible to understand. Providing extracts from real-life legal cases, this highly usable and accessible textbook brims with helpful examples and activities that will help you to navigate this area.

Language and Law:
• introduces useful linguistic concepts and tools
• outlines the methods linguists employ to analyse legal language and language in legal situations
• includes topics on such as: written legal language; threats, warnings and speech act theory; courtroom interactions and the work linguists do to help solve crimes; physical and 'spoken' signs; and the creativity of legal language

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