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Language and the Law: International Outlooks


Krzysztof Kredens and Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski

Scholarship in language and the law is these days developing at an unprecedented rate, as the academic presence and social impact of the field are becoming more and more significant in an ever growing number of national environments. This collection offers a glimpse into the work of scholars investigating the ways in which legal substance intersects with language description in a variety of legal and linguistic systems worldwide. The 23 contributions from linguists and lawyers working in 19 countries on five continents investigate aspects of multilingualism, legal translation and interpreting, legal and courtroom discourse, statutory interpretation, police interviews, trade name semantics and forensic linguistics.
Contents: Maurizio Gotti: Legal discourse in multilingual and multicultural contexts – Susan Šarčević: Making multilingualism work in the enlarged European Union – Agnieszka Doczekalska: Production and application of multilingual law. The principle of equality of authentic texts and the value of subsequent translation – Anne Lise Kjær: Legal translation in the European Union: A research field in need of a new approach – Diana Yankova: How harmonious is harmonization of legislation? On the concept of term equivalence – Luciana Carvalho: Translating contracts and agreements from a corpus linguistics perspective – Ruth Morris: Monoglots and polyglots, or principles and application: Dealing with linguistic diversity in English-speaking legal systems – Chris Heffer: Judgement in court: Evaluating participants in courtroom discourse – Iwona Witczak-Plisiecka: Linguistic aspects of deontic shall in the legal context – Ioana Costache: Nineteenth-century Romanian contracts for works: a case study – Jan Chovanec: The same though different: tobacco health warnings in European Community Member States – Victor M. Gonzáles Ruiz: Changing the law on marriage: The semantics of tolerance – Anne Wagner: Mapping legal knowledge – Jarosław Wyrembak: Exploring the limitations of statutory interpretation: some remarks on Polish Supreme Court’s approach to the interpretation of selected criminal law provisions – Georgina Heydon: The importance of being (in)formal: discourse strategies in police interviews with children – Lorna Fadden: Discourse differences of Aboriginal and Caucasian suspects in police interviews – Cheng Le/King Kui Sin: Contrastive analysis of Chinese and American court judgments – Aleksandra Matulewska: The macrostructure and register of English and Polish testaments – Richard Creech: Missing the mark: Assessing trademarks for distinctiveness and descriptiveness in Europe’s multilingual environment – Syûgo Hotta: Morphosyntactic structure of Japanese trademarks and their distinctiveness: A new model for linguistic analysis of trademarks – Sue Blackwell/Willem Meijs/Jess Shapero: Texts of murder and martyrdom – Burns Cooper: Idea density as a marker of authorship: A preliminary study – Godfrey A. Steele: Course content for language of the law and interpretation of the law.