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Title: Legal Discourse across Languages and Cultures
Edited By: Maurizio Gotti
Christopher Williams
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=430425
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 117

The chapters constituting this volume focus on legal language seen from
cross-cultural perspectives, a topic which brings together two areas of
research that have burgeoned in recent years, i.e. legal linguistics and
intercultural studies, reflecting the rapidly changing, multifaceted world
in which legal institutions and cultural/national identities interact.
Within the broad thematic leitmotif of this volume, it has been possible to
identify two major strands: legal discourse across languages on the one
hand, and legal discourse across cultures on the other. Of course, labels
of this kind are adopted partly as a matter of convenience, and it could be
argued that any paper dealing with legal discourse across languages
inevitably has to do with legal discourse across cultures. But a closer
inspection of the papers comprising each of these two strands reveals that
there is a coherent logic behind the choice of labels. All seven chapters
in the first section are concerned with legal topics where more than one
language is at stake, whereas all seven chapters in the second section are
concerned with legal topics where cultural differences are brought to the fore.

- Maurizio Gotti/Christopher Williams: Introduction
- Susan Sarcevic: Creating a Pan-European Legal Language
- Colin Robertson: Legal-linguistic Revision of EU Legislative Texts
- Martina Bajcic: Challenges of Translating EU Terminology
- Jan Roald/Sunniva Whittaker: Verbalization in French and Norwegian
Legislative Texts: A Contrastive Case Study
- Lelija Socanac: Linguistic Transference in Croatian Law Articles
- Silvia Cacchiani/Chiara Preite: Law Dictionaries across Languages:
Different Structures, Different Relations between Communities of Practice?
- Snjezana Husinec: The Use of Comparative Legal Analysis in Teaching the
Language of the Law
- Janet Ainsworth: Linguistic Ideology in the Workplace: the Legal
Treatment in American Courts of Employers' 'English-only' Policies
- William Bromwich: Discourse Practices and Divergences in Legal Cultures
in Employment Tribunals
- Giorgia Riboni: Constructing the Terrorist in the Decisions of the
Supreme Court of the United States and the European Court of Human Rights
- Davide Mazzi: The Centrality of Counterfactual Conditionals in House of
Lords and US Supreme Court Judgments
- Ignacio Vázquez Orta: A Genre-based View of Judgments of Appellate Courts
in the Common Law System: Intersubjective Positioning, Intertextuality and
Interdiscursivity in the Reasoning of Judges
- Thomas Christiansen: The Concepts of Property and of Land Rights in the
Legal Discourse of Australia Relating to Indigenous Groups
- Ismael Arinas Pellón: How Does a Patent Move? Genre Analysis Has
Something to Say about It.

The Editors: Maurizio Gotti is Professor of English Linguistics and
Director of the Research Centre on Specialized Languages (CERLIS) at the
University of Bergamo. His main research areas are the features and origins
of specialized discourse. He is a member of the Editorial Board of national
and international journals, and edits the Linguistic Insights series for
Peter Lang.
Christopher Williams is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of
the Language Centre at the University of Foggia. His main research areas
are tense, aspect and modality in contemporary English and legal
linguistics. He is co-editor of the journal ESP Across Cultures.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034304252
Pages: 339
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