Legal Pragmatics

| University of Haifa
| University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027200716 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264077 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
The volume Legal Pragmatics is a contribution to the interface between language and law. It looks at how the principles of language use can be beneficial to clarifying legal issues, its twelve chapters (together with the Introduction) offering a wide spectrum of the latest approaches to the area of legal pragmatics. The four chapters in the first section are devoted to historical pragmatics and take a diachronic look at old courtroom records. Written legal language is also the focus of the four chapters in the next section, dealing with the pragmatics of modern legal writing. The chapters in the third section, devoted to modern legal language, touch upon both the discourse in the courtroom and in police investigation. Finally, the two chapters in the last section on legal discourse and multilingualism address a topic very relevant to the modern era of globalisation -- the position of legal discourse in multilingual contexts.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 288]  2018.  viii, 278 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Dennis Kurzon and Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky
Part I. Historical pragmatics
Chapter 1. Pleading for life: Narrative patterns within legal petitions (Salem, 1692)
Kathleen L. Doty
Chapter 2. “How came you not to cry out?” Pragmatic effects of negative questioning in child rape trials in the Old Bailey Proceedings 1730–1798
Alison J. Johnson
Chapter 3. Implicatures in Early Modern English courtroom records
Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky
Chapter 4. Literal interpretation and political expediency: The case of Thomas More
Dennis Kurzon
Part II. Pragmatics of legal writing and documents
Chapter 5. Making legal language clear to legal laypersons
Sol Azuelos-Atias
Chapter 6. Interpreting or in legal texts
Jacqueline Visconti
Part III. Discourse in the courtroom and in police investigation
Chapter 7. The nature of power and control in the interrogative patterns of selected Nigerian courtroom discourse
Oluwasola A. Aina, Anthony Elisha Anowu and Tunde Olusola Opeibi
Chapter 8. The language of Egyptian interrogations: A study of suspects’ resistance to implicatures and presuppositions in prosecution questions
Neveen Al Saeed
Chapter 9. Achieving influence through negotiation: An argument for developing pragmatic awareness
Dawn Archer, Rebecca Smithson and Ian Kennedy
Chapter 10. “I really don’t know because I’m stupid” Unpacking suggestibility in investigative interviews
Ikuko Nakane
Part IV. Legal discourse and multilingualism
Chapter 11. On the balance between invariance and context-dependence: Legal concepts and their environments
Tarja Salmi-Tolonen
Chapter 12. Contextuality of interpretation in non-monolingual jurisdictions: The Canadian experience
Diana Yankova
“As the book is innovative and a notable contribution to the fields of Pragmatics and Legal Language, outlining several elements covered in pragmatics and how they may serve as analytical tools for examining language in a forensic setting, Legal Pragmatics comes highly recommended.”
“As a whole, ‘Legal Pragmatics’ provides an insightful overview of the applications of pragmatics to various legal contexts. Each chapter approaches a relevant issue and contributes not only to the wider field of language and law (or forensic linguistics), but also advances the practical applications of using principles of linguistics to reveal, investigate, and suggest solutions to pressing issues. The global aspect of this book truly makes it a valuable resource to linguists, lawyers, legal scholars, historians, sociologists, and law enforcement personnel around the world.”
“A merger of legal linguistics and CDA opens promising methodological avenues, which make a researcher move from an abstract legal text, or genre, to its tangible social consequences. And it is this fresh perspective that I view as a major asset of the volume. The book can gain multiple audiences, including legal linguists, discourse analysts, legal philosophers and practitioners. Various national legal contexts discussed in the volume, which embrace Europe, North America and Africa, might appeal particularly to specialists in comparative pragmatics and comparative law.”
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Fanego, Teresa & Paula Rodríguez-Puente
2019.  In Corpus-based Research on Variation in English Legal Discourse [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 91],  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Li, Jian & Yuxiu Sun
2018. Presuppositions as discourse strategies in court examinations . International Journal of Legal Discourse 3:2  pp. 197 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018002593 | Marc record