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date: 22 September 2020

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This chapter aims to provide a general review of issues psychology has addressed regarding language and the law. It focuses on three primary areas of application in legal settings: (1) encoding and memory of language and conversation; (2) language, trickery, and persuasion; and (3) language as it affects classification and judgment. The authors illustrate these issues largely with the example of disputed sexual consent and further point the reader to resources on language and law addressed more fully by other disciplines (e.g., the Oxford Handbook of Language and the Law: Tiersma & Solan, 2012a) or in other chapters of this volume. The chapter begins with a review of how statements are encoded and remembered because these issues provide the basis for understanding the use of language for trickery and persuasion, as well as for classification and judgment.

Keywords: Language, law, encoding, memory, conversation, persuasion, classification, judgment, sexual consent

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