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Ambiguity And Vagueness In Legal Interpretation  

Ralf Poscher

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
Few topics in the theory of language are as closely related to legal interpretation as the linguistic indeterminacy associated with ambiguity and vagueness. Significant portions of the ... More

Author Identification In The Forensic Setting  

Carole E. Chaski

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
Author identification can play a role in the investigation of many different types of crimes, civil transactions, and security issues. Over the last fifteen years, author identification ... More

Bilingual Interpretation Rules As A Component Of Language Rights In Canada  

Michel Bastarache

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
In Canada, a few groups enjoy explicit constitutional recognition, including certain official language minorities and aboriginals. In light of the constitutional history of Canada, the ... More

The Caution in England and Wales  

Frances Rock

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
‘You do not have to say anything. But it may harm your defense if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in Court. Anything you do say may be given in ... More

Challenges To The Legal Translator  

Susan Šarčević

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
Focusing on the link between law, language, and culture, J. B. White notes that legal translation is a ‘necessarily imperfect process’. This article focuses on challenges to legal ... More

Constitutional Interpretation  

Robert W. Bennett

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
Contemporary debates about constitutional interpretation in the United States seem fixated on what is called ‘originalism’, the view that, regardless of when some constitutional issue ... More

Contract Formation as a Speech Act  

Sanford Schane

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
According to conventional contract law, the formation of a valid agreement ordinarily involves an offer, an acceptance, and consideration. The former two elements typically take place ... More

Corpus Linguistics In Authorship Identification  

Krzysztof Kredens and Malcolm Coulthard

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
Corpus linguistics is basically ‘an empirical approach to studying language, which uses observations of attested data in order to make generalisations about lexis, grammar, and semantics’, ... More

Courtroom Discourse in China  

Meizhen Liao

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines courtroom discourse in China in terms of its three components: the contextual, the interactional, and the propositional. After briefly introducing the Chinese legal ... More

Courtroom Discourse in Japan's New Judicial Order  

Mami Hiraike Okawara

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
The implementation of the saiban-in (lay judge) system in 2009 has opened the way, not only to lay participation, but also to some participation by linguists in Japanese courtrooms. This ... More

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