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LINGUIST List 17.751

Sun Mar 12 2006

Confs: Applied Ling/Forensic Ling/Duesseldorf, Germany

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        1.    Dieter Stein, The Language & Law Conference

Message 1: The Language & Law Conference
Date: 09-Mar-2006
From: Dieter Stein <langlawphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: The Language & Law Conference

The Language & Law Conference
Short Title: LANGLAW

Date: 17-May-2006 - 19-May-2006
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Contact: Dieter Stein
Contact Email: langlawphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
Meeting URL: http://phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/langlaw

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Forensic Linguistics; General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Language and Law Conference will be held from May 17 to 19, 2006 in
Duesseldorf, Germany. It is an interdisciplinary joint-venture of the University
of Duesseldorf and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Both legal practice and lawmaking are possible only through language. Beyond the
precise wording of laws, however, other linguistic aspects are also of pivotal
importance for judicial proceedings. For example, the careful analysis of
regional or sociolinguistic peculiarities is often employed in profiling and
assessments of witness testimonies and can actively support legal practitioners
in reaching concise and accurate judgements.

Conversely, language may also turn out to be a barrier, especially when it is
necessary to overcome international and intercultural borders. The necessity to
harmonize the European Union's legislation and strong trends of economic
globalisation lead to a number of different problems. What should have priority
in cases of language ambiguity? A perhaps incorrect translation into a national
language or the English original version? In what way are international laws
adapted to legal institutions of a particular nation?

These questions underline that there is a close connection between linguistics
and jurisprudence, between language and law.

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