Description
LANGUAGE AND THE LAW
This course explores some of the ways in which linguistic science can shed light on the use and misuse of language in the legal system. After an introduction to the origins and special characteristics of written English legal language ("legalese"), we will study the layman's (non-) understanding of technical legal language; the language of persuasion (e.g. Exploitation of such linguistic features of ambiguity, implicit "rules of conversation" and socially stigmatized dialect features); and arguments for and against the participation of linguists as expert witnesses in the courtroom.
Details
Grading Basis
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Units
3
Component
Lecture - Required
Offering
Course
LING 1240
Academic Group
Dietrich Sch Arts and Sciences
Academic Organization
Linguistics
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus