Language in the Judicial Process

  • Judith N. Levi
  • Anne Graffam Walker

Part of the Law, Society and Policy book series (LSPO, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Analyzing Language in Legal Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. William M. O’barr, John M. Conley
      Pages 97-131
    3. Austin Sarat, William L. F. Felstiner
      Pages 133-151
  4. Transforming Language in Legal Proceedings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Susan Berk-Seligson
      Pages 155-201
    3. Anne Graffam Walker
      Pages 203-244
  5. Construing Language for Legal Purposes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Michael G. Johnson
      Pages 291-308
    3. Bethany K. Dumas
      Pages 309-352
    4. Anne Graffam Walker
      Pages 353-357
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 359-373

About this book


Legal realism is a powerful jurisprudential tradition which urges attention to sodal conditions and predicts their influence in the legal process. The rela­ tively recent "sodal sdence in the law" phenomenon, in which sodal research is increasingly relied on to dedde court cases is a direct result of realistic jurisprudence, which accords much significance in law to empirical reports about sodal behavior. The empirical research used by courts has not, how­ ever, commonly dealt with language as an influential variable. This volume of essays, coedited by Judith N. Levi and Anne Graffam Walker, will likely change that situation. Language in the Judicial Process is a superb collection of original work which fits weIl into the realist tradition, and by focusing on language as a key variable, it establishes a new and provocative perspective on the legal process. The perspective it offers, and the data it presents, make this volume a valuable source of information both for judges and lawyers, who may be chiefly concemed with practice, and for legal scholars and sodal sdentists who do basic research about law.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Judith N. Levi
    • 1
  • Anne Graffam Walker
    • 2
  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Forensic Linguistics AssociatesFalls ChurchUSA

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