Legal Linguistics in the Us: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Legal Linguistics Beyond Borders: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 609

18 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2019

Date Written: July 29, 2019

Abstract

This paper aims to provide a brief history of research into the relationship between legal and linguistic inquiry in the United States. The title may be a bit misleading, since “legal linguistics” is a term used more in Europe than in North America. Yet the term seems to me to capture the breadth of interaction between the ways we govern ourselves under a system of rules and principles on the one hand, and the ways in which we communicate those rules and principles through our knowledge of language and our knowledge of how to use our knowledge of language.

Keywords: corpus linguistics, forensic linguistics, authorship, statutory interpretation, criminal law, trademark

Suggested Citation

Solan, Lawrence M., Legal Linguistics in the Us: Looking Back, Looking Ahead (July 29, 2019). Legal Linguistics Beyond Borders: Language and Law in a World of Media, Globalisation and Social Conflicts; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 609. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3428489

Lawrence M. Solan (Contact Author)

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