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

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: 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
Item ID: 392
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Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2008 16:55
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2016 13:32
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/392

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