Language, Culture and the Law

The Formulation of Legal Concepts across Systems and Cultures

by Vijay K. Bhatia (Volume editor) Christopher N. Candlin (Volume editor) Paola Evangelisti Allori (Volume editor)
©2008 Edited Collection 354 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 64


The volume presents a set of invited papers based on analyses of legal discourse drawn from a number of international contexts where often the English language and legal culture has had to adjust to legal concepts very different from those of the English law system. Many of the papers were inspired by two major projects on legal language and inter-multiculturality: Generic Integrity in Legislative Discourse in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts based in Hong Kong and carried out by an international team and Interculturality in Domain-specific English, a national project supported by the Italian Ministry for Education and Research, involving research units from five Italian universities.


ISBN (Softcover)
Rechtssprache Interkulturelles Verstehen Diskursanalyse Aufsatzsammlung Discourse Analysis International and European Law Rechtskultur Translating and Interpreting Englisch
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 354 pp.

Biographical notes

Vijay K. Bhatia (Volume editor) Christopher N. Candlin (Volume editor) Paola Evangelisti Allori (Volume editor)

The Editors: Vijay K. Bhatia is a Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Communication at the City University of Hong Kong. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Some of his current research projects include Analysing Genre-bending in Corporate Disclosure Documents and International Arbitration Practice: A Discourse Analytical Study, in which more than 20 countries are participating. He is the author of Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View (2004). Christopher N. Candlin is Senior Research Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney. His research is in professional communication, primarily in the fields of law, healthcare and management, legal discourse and he has published widely in these fields. Paola Evangelisti Allori is Professor of English at the Italian University for Sport and Human Movement - IUSM, Rome. Current research includes the comparative analysis of the written discourse of international arbitration with particular emphasis on arbitration in Sport.


Title: Language, Culture and the Law