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- DescriptionForensic Linguistics is an introduction to the fascinating interface between language and the law. Examining the nature of legal language, the first half of the book demonstrates that the law is an overwhelmingly linguistic institution, since laws are coded in language and the concepts that are used to construct the law are accessible only through language. The book also explores the language of contracts and the language of legal processes, such as court cases, police investigations and the management of prisoners.The second half of Forensic Linguistics is more socially applied. It discusses the difficulty of understanding legal language, and linguistic sources of disadvantage before the law, particularly for ethnic mirities, children and abused women. The volume then considers legislation on language, including language crimes, as well as linguistic evidence.
- Author BiographyJohn Gibbons is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney. He is author of Code Mixing and Code Choice (1987) editor of Language and the Law (1994), and co-editor of Learning Keeping and Using Language (1991). He is president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, and is on the board of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics, and Discurso y Sociedad.
- Author(s)John Gibbons
- PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Date of Publication10/01/2003
- Series TitleLanguage in Society
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBlackwell Publishers
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- Weight654 g
- Width163 mm
- Height239 mm
- Spine25 mm
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