LINGUIST List 26.5090

Fri Nov 13 2015

Confs: General Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <ashleylinguistlist.org>


Date: 12-Nov-2015
From: Isabelle Gauer <conference2016jureko.de>
Subject: The Fabric of Law and Language
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The Fabric of Law and Language

Date: 18-Mar-2016 - 19-Mar-2016
Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Contact: Isabelle Gauer
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.cal2.eu/the-fabric-of-law-and-language-overview

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Meeting Description:

What do law and language have in common? To the untrained eye, both may occasionally seem erratic or even chaotic, as both can be described as ''phenomena of the third kind'': Not growing entirely rank, but not constructed to plan either - neither autonomous agents nor artificial artifacts. Instead, law and language are emergent: they emerge from theory-based rules, but not by way of arithmetic or logic - but by collective habits giving rise to patterns of usage. Further considering that law can only be conceived of through and in language, it even forms a second-order usage pattern: law is one manifestation of how we use rules and norms stated in language, and is per se our way of using semantic symbols in general. This understanding of law and language as an interwoven pattern-based fabric opens up exciting avenues for research: How does the practice of speaking and writing in and about law shape our view of justice? What can we learn from looking at large collections of legal texts through the lens of corpus linguistics? How do patterns (pre-)determine law, language and law-through-language? And once we recognize such patterns: how much chaos remains?

The conference addresses these and other questions through a systematic investigation of patterns in law and language, particularly through the lens of corpus linguistics as applied to textual mass data. It aims to bring together legal scholars, linguists, computational linguists, media and communication analysts and policy makers, but also welcomes interested members of other disciplines and faculties.

Keynote speakers:

- Lawrence Solan is Professor of Law and Director of Graduate Education at Brooklyn Law School in New York (USA). Solan holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. in linguistics. His scholarly works are largely devoted to exploring interdisciplinary issues related to law, language and psychology, especially in the areas of statutory and contractual interpretation, the attribution of liability and blame, and linguistic evidence.

- Tony McEnery is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Lancaster University (GB) and Director of the ESRC's Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science. He has published several pioneering books and papers about the principles, methods and applications of Corpus Linguistics.

Organizers, contacts and registration
Dr. Hanjo Hamann (Max Planck Institute Bonn)
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Vogel (University of Freiburg)
http://www.cal2.eu | conference2016jureko.de

Program:

See also: http://www.cal2.eu/conference-programme-fabric-of-law-and-language

18 March 2016

10:00 Welcome

10:30
I. PATTERNS IN LANGUAGE AND LAW

Lawrence M. Solan (New York, USA):
Patterns in the Fabric of Law and Language

Tony McEnery (Lancaster, UK):
Identifying Patterns: The Role of Corpus Linguistics

12:30 Snack break

13:00
II. PATTERNS IN DISCOURSES AND TRANSLATIONS

Łucja Biel (Warsaw, Poland):
Fitting Textual Patterns: Using Corpora to Analyse Multilingual Law in Translation

Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski (Łódź, Poland):
Discovering patterns in legal argumentation and discourse

15:00 Coffee break

15:30
III. COMPUTATIONAL ASSISTANCE AND CORPORA

Stefan Höfler (Zurich, Switzerland):
Computational Assistance in Legal Text Production

Ruth Breeze (Navarra, Spain):
Corpora and Computation in Teaching Law and Language

17:30 Short break

17:45
Stephen C. Mouritsen (New York, USA):
Patterns in Law - Applying Corpus Linguistics in Practice

18:45 Free Time

19:30 Conference Dinner


19 March 2016

09:00
IV. CORPUS PROJECTS 1

María José Marín Pérez (Murcia, Spain):
The British Law Corpus (BLaR) and Specific Applications of Vocabulary Analysis

Tommaso Agnoloni (National Research Council, Italy):
Language Processing and Legal Corpora at the Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques (ITTIG)

11:00 Coffee break

11:30
V. CORPUS PROJECTS 2
Rema Rossini Favretti (Bologna, Italy):
The Bononia Legal Corpus (BoLC) and its Potential as a General Reference for Legal Language

Hanjo Hamann & Friedemann Vogel (Bonn/Freiburg, Germany):
The German Reference Corpus (JuReko) - Towards an International Research Network

13:30 Snack break

14:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: MAKING LAW MORE EXPLICIT - CONCLUSIONS
Lawrence M. Solan (New York, USA), Tony McEnery (Lancaster, UK)
and Łucja Biel (Warsaw, Poland); Chair: Dieter Stein (Düsseldorf, Germany)

15:00 Farewell



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