Applying linguistics: questions of language and law.

Durant, Alan (2002) Applying linguistics: questions of language and law. In: Praxis of Language. Hidetaka, Ishida and Komori, Yoichi, eds. University of Tokyo Press, pp. 253-281. ISBN 4130840657



This chapter, first published in Japanese, outlines the field of ‘forensic linguistics’ [as at 2001]. It contrasts the forensic linguistic approach to applying linguistics in legal contexts with a different tradition of analysis: that usually known as Critical Discourse Analysis and/or as Critical Legal Studies. The author examines ‘meaning’ issues in particular, as a way of showing how treatment of specific interpretive questions exposes problematic assumptions underpinning the notion of linguistic expertise. The chapter concludes with a suggestion that, in a period of rapidly changing communication technologies and formats, notions of professional authority in respect of language and meaning may need to be reconsidered.

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Translated for publication from English into Japanese by Yoshifumi Saito. In, Sadakazu Fujii et al (eds), Praxis of Language, 6 volumes. Volume 5, ‘Politics', volume editors, Hidetaka Ishida and Yoichi Komori.

Research Areas:A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
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