Harold Berman's: Law and Language [Book review]

Durant, Alan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5208-4718 (2015) Harold Berman's: Law and Language [Book review]. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, 28 (2) . pp. 427-432. ISSN 0952-8059 [Article] (doi:10.1007/s11196-014-9389-2)


This article reviews and discusses Harold Berman’s, 'Law and Language', published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. It locates this short book in relation to Berman’s extensive body of publications in international and comparative law, and asks what contribution the book’s recent, posthumous publication (40 years after Berman wrote the first draft and 7 years since his death) can make to current debates over approaches to forensic linguistics. Particular attention is given to Berman’s conceptualisation of law as a ‘living language’, as well as to his coining of the term ‘communification’ to describe the value of legal-lay dialogue in building a public sense of community and in sustaining the legitimacy of legal systems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First published online: 14 August 2014
Keywords (uncontrolled): legal language, living language, forensic linguistics, community, interdisciplinarity
Research Areas: A. > School of Law
Item ID: 17426
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Depositing User: Alan Durant
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 09:36
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 19:08
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17426

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