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Legal-Lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law

Chris Heffer, Frances Rock, and John Conley


Legal-Lay Communication combines a range of perspectives on a key theme in language and law with a specific theoretical focus on how texts ‘travel’ through the legal process. The chapters in the book explore aspects of legal-lay communication, or those nodes of interaction where the legal world meets the everyday lifeworld. This may involve instances when people acting for the legal system, from police call-handlers to judges, interact with people encountering the legal process in a lay role, for example, as witnesses and suspects, though this transparent reading of "legal" and "lay" is challe ... More

Keywords: Legal-lay communication, textual travel, entextualization, decontextualization, recontextualization, mediation, legal categorization, police interrogation, witness examination, judicial discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Heffer, editor
Cardiff University

Frances Rock, editor
Cardiff University

John Conley, editor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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