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Language and the Law

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ISBN13: 9780582101456
ISBN: 058210145X
Published: June 1994
Publisher: Routledge
Format: paperback (C format)
Price: £42.99



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This examines three main areas where the language and law interact: the central issue of the language of the law; the disadvantage which language can impose before the law, and forensic linguistics. Each area is dealt with in a separate section which is preceded by an introduction from the editor and concluded by a response from a prominent lawyer who has a particular interest in the area.;The contributors are: Professor Rebecca White Berch, Attorney General's Office, State of Arizona, USA; Dr Vijay K. Bhatia, National University of Singapore; Professor Bryna Bogoch, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Dr Mark Brennan, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia; John Carroll, Attorney-General's Department, Australia; Professor Malcolm Coulthard, The University of Birmingham, UK; Professor Brenda Danet, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Dr Diana Eades, University of New England, Australia; Dr Robert Eagleson, New South Wales, Australia; Dr John Gibbons, The University of Sydney, Australia; Dr Laurence Goldman, The University of Queensland, Australia; Dr Sandra Harris, Nottingham Trent University, UK; Wendell A. Harris, Philadelphia, USA.;John Heydon QC, Selbourne Chambers, New South Wales, Australia; Dr Alex Jones, The University of Sydney, Australia; Professor William Labov, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Associate Professor Yon Maley, Macquarie University, Australia; Dr Francis Nolan, University of Cambridge, UK; Her Honour Judge Margaret O'Toole, Compensation Court of NSW, Australia; Professor Bethyl A. Pearson, Grand Canyon University, USA; Dr Jane Simpson, University of Sydney, Australia; Dr M. Wilfred Smith, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Northern Ireland; Dr Michael Walsh, The University of Sydney, Australia.

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Contents:
Part 1 Language constructing law: introduction - language constructing law, John Gibbons; the language of the law, Yon Maley; accident and absolute liability in anthropology, Laurence Goldman; orality, literacy, and perfomativity in Anglo-Saxon Wills, Brenda Danet and Bryna Bogoch; cognitive structuring in legislative provisions, Vijay Bhatia; ideological exchanges in British Magistrates courts, Sandra Harris; video depositions - linguistic endorsement and caveats, Bethyl Pearson and Rebecca White Berch; lawyer's response on language constructing law, Judge Margaret O'Toole.
Part 2 Language and disadvantage before the law: introduction - language and disadvantage before the law, John Gibbons; cross examining children in criminal courts - child welfare under attack, Mark Brennan; interactional styles in the courtroom - an example from Northern Australia, Michael Walsh; a case of communicative clash - aboriginal English and the legal system, Diana Eades; the value of objective evidence in linguistic testimony, William Labov and Wendell Harris; lawyer's response on language and disadvantage before the law, John Carroll.
Part 2 Forensic linguistics: introduction - forensic linguistics, John Gibbons; auditory and acoustic analysis in speaker recognition, Francis Nolan; the limitations of voice identification, Alex Jones; forensic analysis of personal written texts - a case study, Robert Eagleson; computers, statistics and disputed authorship, M. Wilfred Smith; powerful evidence for the defence - an exercise in forensic discourse analysis, Malcolm Coulthard; confidentiality of linguistic material - the case of aboriginal land claims, Jane Simpson; lawyer's response on forensic linguistics, John Heydon QC.