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Law, Language and Communication

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This series encourages innovative and integrated perspectives within and across the boundaries of law, language and communication, with particular emphasis on issues of communication in specialized socio-legal and professional contexts. It seeks to bring together a range of diverse yet cumulative research traditions related to these fields in order to identify and encourage interdisciplinary research. The series welcomes proposals - both edited collections as well as single authored monographs - emphasizing critical approaches to law, language and communication, identifying and discussing issues, proposing solutions to problems, offering analyses in areas such as legal construction, interpretation, translation and de-codification.

Anne Wagner is Professor of Legal Semiotics and Research Professor at Centre de Recherche Droits & Perspectives du Droit, équipe René Demogue, Lille University, France. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Springer) and President of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law. She has been awarded the National Research Grant for her research career. Her main research interests include semiotics, verbal and non-verbal sign system analyses, language and law, legal culture and heritage, legal translation, legal terminology, and legal discourse studies.

Vijay K. Bhatia, formerly Professor of English, City University of Hong Kong, is now Adjunct Professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Visiting Professor at the Hellenic American University, Athens (Greece). He is also the founding President of the Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Association for Asia-Pacific. His research interests include Critical Genre Analysis, academic and professional discourses in legal, business, newspaper, and promotional contexts; ESP and Professional Communication; simplification of legal and other public documents; intercultural and cross-disciplinary variations in professional genres.

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Law and Cognitive Linguistics A Prototype Theory Approach to Legal Categorisation

Law and Cognitive Linguistics: A Prototype Theory Approach to Legal Categorisation

1st Edition


By Mateusz Zeifert
October 08, 2024

This book advances the prototype theory of categorisation within a legal context. The work adopts a multidisciplinary approach and draws on insights from cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics and analytic philosophy to discuss semantic problems present in law. Designed as a bridge between ...

Ambiguity in EU Law A Linguistic and Legal Analysis

Ambiguity in EU Law: A Linguistic and Legal Analysis

1st Edition

By Sofiya Kartalova
May 27, 2024

Ambiguity – an expression or utterance giving rise to at least two mutually exclusive interpretations – has been traditionally regarded as an ever-present, and therefore trivial, feature of EU law, alongside other forms of linguistic indeterminacy. At the same time, ambiguity has been condemned as ...

Fair Trial Rights and Multilingualism in Africa Perspectives from Comparable Jurisdictions

Fair Trial Rights and Multilingualism in Africa: Perspectives from Comparable Jurisdictions

1st Edition

By Catherine S. Namakula
May 27, 2024

This book examines the best language fair trial practices of the courts in arguably the most multilingual region of the world. It contains an instructive list of standards and approaches to linguistic dynamics, which may be considered a language fair trial rights code. By way of jurisprudential ...

The Logic of Legal Argumentation Multi-Modal Perspectives

The Logic of Legal Argumentation: Multi-Modal Perspectives

1st Edition

By Marko Novak
February 26, 2024

Multi-modal argumentation with its logical, emotional, visceral and kisceral arguments is an important addition to logical argumentation, especially when real-life situations are considered. It does not discard logic but adds other modes of argumentation to complement it, to emphasize the realistic...

Language and Legal Judgments Evaluation and Argument in Judicial Discourse

Language and Legal Judgments: Evaluation and Argument in Judicial Discourse

1st Edition

By Stanisław Goźdź-Roszkowski
February 06, 2024

Integrating research methods from linguistics with contemporary legal argumentation theory, this book highlights the complexities of legal justification by focusing on the role of value-laden language in argument construction and use. The combination of linguistic analysis and the pragma-dialectic ...

Law, Language and the Courtroom Legal Linguistics and the Discourse of Judges

Law, Language and the Courtroom: Legal Linguistics and the Discourse of Judges

1st Edition

Edited By Stanislaw Gozdz Roszkowski, Gianluca Pontrandolfo
May 31, 2023

This book explores the language of judges. It is concerned with understanding how language works in judicial contexts. Using a range of disciplinary and methodological perspectives, it looks in detail at the ways in which judicial discourse is argued, constructed, interpreted and perceived. ...

Rhetoric of InSecurity The Language of Danger, Fear and Safety in National and International Contexts

Rhetoric of InSecurity: The Language of Danger, Fear and Safety in National and International Contexts

1st Edition

By Victoria Baines
January 09, 2023

This book demands that we question what we are told about security, using tools we have had for thousands of years. The work considers the history of security rhetoric in a number of distinct but related contexts, including the United States’ security strategy, the "war" on Big Tech, and current ...

Law and Imagination in Troubled Times A Legal and Literary Discourse

Law and Imagination in Troubled Times: A Legal and Literary Discourse

1st Edition

Edited By Richard Mullender, Matteo Nicolini, Thomas D.C. Bennett, Emilia Mickiewicz
February 01, 2022

This collection focuses on how troubled times impact upon the law, the body politic, and the complex interrelationship among them. It centres on how they engage in a dialogue with the imagination and literature, thus triggering an emergent (but thus far underdeveloped) field concerning the ‘legal ...

Social Media in Legal Practice

Social Media in Legal Practice

1st Edition

Edited By Vijay Bhatia, Girolamo Tessuto
October 05, 2020

There are multiple aspects of electronically-mediated communication that influence and have strong implications for legal practice. This volume focuses on three major aspects of mediated communication through social media. Part I examines social media and the legal community. It explores how this ...

Fiction and the Languages of Law Understanding Contemporary Legal Discourse

Fiction and the Languages of Law: Understanding Contemporary Legal Discourse

1st Edition

By Karen Petroski
June 30, 2020

Contemporary legal reasoning has more in common with fictional discourse than we tend to realize. Through an examination of the U.S. Supreme Court’s written output during a recent landmark term, this book exposes many of the parallels between these two special kinds of language use. Focusing on ...

The Analysis of Legal Cases A Narrative Approach

The Analysis of Legal Cases: A Narrative Approach

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By Flora Di Donato
July 23, 2019

This book examines the roles played by narrative and culture in the construction of legal cases and their resolution. It is articulated in two parts. Part I recalls epistemological turns in legal thinking as it moves from theory to practice in order to show how facts are constructed within the...

Research Methods in Legal Translation and Interpreting Crossing Methodological Boundaries

Research Methods in Legal Translation and Interpreting: Crossing Methodological Boundaries

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Edited By Łucja Biel, Jan Engberg, Rosario Martín Ruano, Vilelmini Sosoni
May 02, 2019

The field of Legal translation and interpreting has strongly expanded over recent years. As it has developed into an independent branch of Translation Studies, this book advocates for a substantiated discussion of methods and methodology, as well as knowledge about the variety of approaches ...

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