1. Susana Sotillo IMAP, Resources for Language and the Law

Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 13:34:04 -0400

  1. From Gerald McMenamin <geraldm@csufresno.edu> who contributed a very impressive bibliography. Only parts of it are being reproduced because of space limitations. Those who want the complete bibliography, please e-mail Dr. McMenamim at <geraldm@csufresno.edu>.

  2. Web Resources:

  3. Bibliography: Forensic Linguistics

    1. Bryant, M. English in the Law Courts: The Part that Articles, Prepositions and Conjunctions Play in Legal Decisions, Frederick Ungar, New York, 1930 and 1962.

    2. Cotteril, Janet (ed.) Language in the Legal Process 2002, Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave.com)

    3. Conley, J. M. and O'Barr, W. M. Just Words: Law, Language, and Power. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998.

    4. Crystal, D. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995.

    5. Crystal, D. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987.

    6. Danet, B. "Language in the legal process," Law & Society Review, 14:3:445-564, 1980.

    7. Eades, D. "Forensic linguistics in Australia: an overview," Forensic Linguistics, 1:2:113-132, 1994.

    8. Eades, D. Language in Evidence: Issues Confronting Aboriginal and Multicultural Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1995.

    9. Gibbons, J., Ed.. Language and the Law, Longman, New York, 1994.

    10. Gibbons, J. "Applied linguistics in court," Applied Linguistics, 11:3:229-237, 1990.

    11. Kniffka, H. Texte zu Theorie und Praxis forensischer Linguistik, Max Niemeyer Verlag, Tübingen, 1990.

    12. Kniffka, H., S. Blackwell, and Coulthard, M., Eds. Recent Developments in Forensic Linguistics, Peter Lang, Frankfurt, 1996.

    13. Lakoff, R. T. Talking Power: The Politics of Language in Our Lives, Basic Books, New York, 1990.

    14. Levi, J. N. Language and Law: a Bibliographic Guide to Social Science Research in the USA, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, and American Bar Association, Washington, D.C., Teaching Resource Bulletin No. 4, 1994a.

    15. Levi, J. N. "Language as evidence: The linguist as expert witness in North American courts," Forensic Linguistics, 1:1:1-26, 1994b.

    16. Levi, J. N. and Graffam Walker, A., Eds. Language in the Judicial Process, Plenum Press, New York, 1990.

    17. Levi, J. N. Linguistics, Language, and Law: A Topical Bibliography, Indiana University Linguistics Club, Bloomington, 1982.

    18. Melinkoff, D. The Language of the Law, Little Brown, Boston, 1963.

    19. Murphy, H. F. "Linguistics and law: An overview of forensic linguistics," Journal of Law, Intellectual Property, and Technology, 1:, 1998.

    20. O'Barr, W. Linguistic Evidence, Language, Power and Strategy in the Courtroom, Academic Press, New York, 1982.

    21. Rieber, R. W. and Stewart, W. A., Eds. The Language Scientist as Expert in the Legal Setting, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, v. 606, New York, 1990.

    22. Shuy, R. W. "Language and the law," Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 7:50-63, 1986.

    23. Shuy, R. W. Language Crimes: The Use and Abuse of Language Evidence in the Courtroom, Blackwell, Oxford, 1993.

    24. Shuy, R. W. "Linguistics in other professions," Annual Review of Anthropology, 13:419-445, 1984.

    25. Shuy, R. W. The Language of Confessions, Interrogation and Deception, Sage Publications, Los Angeles, 1998.

    26. Shuy, R.W. Linguistic Battles in Trademark Disputes 2002 Palgrave Macmillan. (http://www.palgrave.com)

    27. Tiersma, P. M. "Linguistic issues in law," Language 69:1:113-135, 1993.

    28. Wetter, J. G. The Styles of Appellate Judicial Opinions, A. W. Sythoff, Leyden, 1960.

    29. And see these new additions here.

  4. From Judith Levi <j-levi@northwestern.edu> at Northwestern.

    1. Language and Law: A Bibliographic Guide to Social Science Research in the USA (ABA, 1994). "There are 1350 entries, arranged according to topic. That will give you enough for ten courses' worth of materials."

    2. No appropriate textbook exists, but one or more of these quite different options could be used as texts:

        Language in the Judicial Process (1990), ed. by J. Levi and Anne Graffam Walker (Plenum)

      • Legal Language (1999) by Peter Tiersma (U Chicago Press).

      • Mellinkoff, David (1963) "The Language of the Law" (a classic by a law professor who also wrote "Legal Writing: Sense and Nonsense")

    3. Web resources.

      Judith suggested sending a query to the Forensic Linguistics list: http://www-clg.bham.ac.uk/forensic/index.html : The Forensic Linguistics home page of the U of Birmingham (UK) -- a superb resource. http://www.outreach.utk.edu/ljp/links/links.html - a US page called "Language in the Judicial Process" (after our book).

    4. For Cyberlaw references: Bethany Dumas, the linguist/JD/consultant/English prof who maintains the LJP site. ( <dumasb@utk.edu>)
    5. Dr. Levi attached her Syllabi as Word Files. These syllabi present a broad survey of topics. Those wishing to obtain copies of these syllabi, please e-mail Dr. Levi at j-levi@northwestern.edu

    6. From Nancy Frishberg <nancyf@fishbird.com> and Georgina Heydon <Georgina.Heydon@arts.monash.edu.au>
    7. FORENSIC-LINGUISTICS@JISCMAIL.AC.UK Forensic Linguistics Home Page: http://www-clg.bham.ac.uk/forensic

    8. Contact Sue Blackwell at the International Association of Forensic Linguistics (IAFL) at the University of Birmingham, <S.A.Blackwell@BHAM.AC.UK>.

    9. From France <mugler_f@usp.ac.fj> "From a sociolinguistic standpoint, two interesting aspects of this are 1. research into cross-cultural 'ways of speaking' and possible miscommunication; and 2. the asymetrical talk that typically takes place in institutional settings where there is a clear power differential between speakers. Put the two together and,bang!, disaster."
    This bibliography was originally posted on Linguist List (12.1665) by Susana Sotillo IMAP, and called "Resources for Language and the Law". I have revised and reformatted it to add some things and rearrange some things. (hs) She posted a query to the Linguist List back in May asking for scholarly references and suggestions for an undergraduate course in Language & the Law, and various people responded.