Language, Discourse, Society

Legal Discourse

Studies in Linguistics, Rhetoric and Legal Analysis

Authors: Goodrich, Peter

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Lawyers and the law have long been the object of popular criticism and satire for the obscurity and incomprehensibility of their language. Legal Discourse provides a novel historical and systematic account of the language of the legal institution together with a sustained criticism of legal exegesis and `legalese' more generally. In the first part of the work the doctrinal history of the legal discipline and its concepts of language, text and sign are examined and assessed. In the second part the contemporary disciples of linguistics, discourse analysis and communication studies are brought to bear upon the task of constructing a theory of legal discourse as a linguistics of legal power.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Legal Discourse
Book Subtitle
Studies in Linguistics, Rhetoric and Legal Analysis
Authors
Series Title
Language, Discourse, Society
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-11283-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-11283-8
Softcover ISBN
978-0-333-51584-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 266
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