The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law

Paperback | January 21, 2016

EditorPeter M. Tiersma, Lawrence M. Solan

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This book provides a state-of-the-art account of past and current research in the interface between linguistics and law. It outlines the range of legal areas in which linguistics plays an increasing role and describes the tools and approaches used by linguists and lawyers in this vibrant newfield. Through a combination of overview chapters, case studies, and theoretical descriptions, the volume addresses areas such as the history and structure of legal language, its meaning and interpretation, multilingualism and language rights, courtroom discourse, forensic identification,intellectual property and linguistics, and legal translation and interpretation.Encyclopaedic in scope, the handbook includes chapters written by experts from every contentint who are familiar with linguistic issues that arise in diverse legal systems, including both civil and common law jurisdictions, mixed systems like that of China, and the emerging law of the EuropeanUnion.

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This book provides a state-of-the-art account of past and current research in the interface between linguistics and law. It outlines the range of legal areas in which linguistics plays an increasing role and describes the tools and approaches used by linguists and lawyers in this vibrant newfield. Through a combination of overview chap...

Peter M. Tiersma was the Hon. William Matthew Byrne Professor of Law at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles from 2009 until his death in 2014. He had a Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, and a J. D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His books include Legal Language (1999), and Parchment, P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:664 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.07 inPublished:January 21, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Legal Language1. Peter Tiersma: A History of the Language of the Law2. Heikki E. S. Mattila: Legal Vocabulary3. Risto Hiltunen: The Grammar and Structure of Legal Texts4. Maurizio Gotti: Text and Genre5. Mark Adler: The Plain Language MovementPart II: The Interpretation of Legal Texts6. Lawrence M. Solan: Linguistic Issues in Statutory Interpretation7. Sanford Schane: Contract Formation as a Speech Act8. Robert W. Bennett: Constitutional Interpretation9. Ralf Poscher: Ambiguity and Vagueness in Legal Interpretation10. Brian H. Bix: Legal Interpretation and the Philosophy of LanguagePart III: Multilingualism and Translation11. Michel Bastarache: Bilingual Interpretation Rules as a Component of Language Rights in Canada12. Jan Engberg: Word Meaning and the Problem of a Globalized Legal Order13. Susan Sarcevic: Challenges to the Legal Translator14. Karen McAuliffe: Language and Law in the European Union15. Cornelis J. W. Baaij: Fifty years of Multilingual Interpretation in the European UnionPart IV: Language Rights16. Tove Skutnabb-Kangas: Linguistic Human Rights17. Peter Tiersma: Language Policy in the United States18. Durk Gorter and Jasone Cenoz: Legal Rights of Linguistic Minorities in the EU19. Tunde Olusola Opeibi: Investigating the Language Situation in AfricaPart V: Language and Criminal Law20. Janet Ainsworth: The Meaning of Silence in The Right to Remain Silent21. Naomi E. S. Goldstein, Sharon Messenheimer, Christina Riggs L. Romaine, and Heather Zelle: Potential Impact of Juvenile Suspects' Linguistic Abilities on Miranda Understanding and Appreciation22. Frances Rock: The "Caution" in England and Wales23. Janice Nadler and J. D. Trout: The Language of Consent in Police Encounters24. Peter Tiersma and Lawrence M. Solan: The Language of Crime25. Deborah Davis and Richard A. Leo: Interrogation Through Pragmatic Implication: Sticking to the Letter of the Law While Violating Its IntentPart VI: Courtroom Discourse26. Gail Stygall: Discourse in the U.S. Courtroom27. Mami Hiraike Okawara: Courtroom Discourse in Japan's New Judicial Order28. Liao Meizhen: Courtroom Discourse in China29. Martha L. Komter and Marijke Malsch: The Language of Trials in an Inquisitorial Criminal Law System30. Susan Berk-Saligson: Linguistic Issues in Courtroom Interpretation31. Nancy S. Marder: Instructing the JuryPart VII: Intellectual Property32. Roger W. Shuy: Using Linguistics in Trademark Cases33. Ronald R. Butters: Language and Copyright Law34. Syugo Hotta and Masahiro Fujita: The Psycholinguistic Basis of Distinctions in Trademark LawPart VIII: Identification of Authorship and Deception35. Carole E. Chaski: Authorship Identification in the Forensic Setting36. Krzysztof Kredens and Malcolm Coulthard: Corpus Linguistics in Authorship Identification37. David Wools: Detecting PlagiarismPart IX: Speaker Identification38. Peter L. Patrick: Language Analysis for Determination of Origin39. A. Daniel Yarmey: Factors Affecting Lay Person's Identification of Speakers40. Paul Foulkes and Peter French: Forensic Speaker Comparison

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"This collection is a tremendous accomplishment from two of the leading figures in language and law, and I would highly recommend it. The chapters contain a wealth of invaluable information and ideas, and the book makes an important statement about the need to bridge the gap between legal,linguistic and psychological approaches to language and law." --Chris Heffer, The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law