Legal Pragmatics

ORCID logoDennis Kurzon | University of Haifa
Barbara Kryk-Kastovsky | University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027200716 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264077 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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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
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“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. Chapter 1. “Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer?” English legal discourse past and present. In Corpus-based Research on Variation in English Legal Discourse [Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 91],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Galdia, Marcus
2022. FOUNDATIONS OF PRAGMATIC LEGAL LINGUISTICS. Comparative Legilinguistics 51  pp. 241 ff. DOI logo
Li, Jian & Yuxiu Sun
2018. Presuppositions as discourse strategies in court examinations . International Journal of Legal Discourse 3:2  pp. 197 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018002593 | Marc record