What is Language and Law? And Does Anyone Care?

LAW AND LANGUAGE: THEORY AND SOCIETY, Frances Olsen, Alexander Lorz & Dieter Stein, eds., 2008

Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2009-11

30 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009  

Peter Tiersma

Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School (Deceased)

Date Written: March 2, 2009

Abstract

There has been growing attention paid recently to the interdisciplinary study of language and law. This article explores the nature and parameters of this relatively new discipline, including its relationship to related areas such as law and semiotics, literature, and forensic linguistics. Although the study of language and law has been advancing, it nonetheless remains a relatively marginal and underappreciated field. The article concludes with some suggestions for making the field more prominent.

Keywords: legal theory, legal philosophy, jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Tiersma, Peter, What is Language and Law? And Does Anyone Care? (March 2, 2009). LAW AND LANGUAGE: THEORY AND SOCIETY, Frances Olsen, Alexander Lorz & Dieter Stein, eds., 2008; Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2009-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1352075

Peter M. Tiersma (Contact Author)

Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School (Deceased)

United States

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