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Just Words: Law, Language, and Power (Chicago Series in Law and Society)

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Is it "just words" when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker? Is it "just words" when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw up a contract? In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, Just Words focuses on what has become the central issue in law an
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Paperback, Second Edition, 184 pages
Published June 20th 2005 by University Of Chicago Press (first published August 1st 1998)
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Phil Mc
Jan 02, 2015 Phil Mc rated it really liked it
An accessible but linguistically focused study of a range of legal topics. Personally, I would have preferred greater in-depth analysis of court transcripts as opposed to the broader theoretical debates on legal anthropological studies but that doesn't detract from an engaging and perceptive text.
Fazhoque
May 29, 2014 Fazhoque rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book, that covered a range of different topics, but consistently maintaining a linguistic perspective. There were lots of examples and the analyses/discussions went into depth. Would recommend this book!
Kurt Spiteri
helped me a lot in my dissertation concerning a lawyers perspective on courtroom language ... Good detailed studies and also a good read ... Perfect
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