The Resource Fiction and the languages of law : understanding contemporary legal discourse

Fiction and the languages of law : understanding contemporary legal discourse

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Fiction and the languages of law : understanding contemporary legal discourse
Title
Fiction and the languages of law
Title remainder
understanding contemporary legal discourse
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Language
eng
Summary
Contemporary legal reasoning has more in common with fictional discourse than we tend to realize. Through an examination of the U.S. Supreme Court's written output during a recent landmark term, this book exposes many of the parallels between these two special kinds of language use. Focusing on linguistic and rhetorical patterns in the dozens of reasoned opinions issued by the Court between October 2014 and June 2015, the book takes nonlawyer readers on a lively tour of contemporary American legal reasoning and acquaints legal readers with some surprising features of their own thinking and writing habits. It analyzes cases addressing a huge variety of issues, ranging from the rights of drivers stopped by the police to the decision-making processes of the Environmental Protection Agency--as well as the term's best-known case, which recognized a constitutional right to marriage for same-sex as well as different-sex couples. Fiction and the Languages of Law reframes a number of long-running legal debates, identifies other related paradoxes within legal discourse, and traces them all to common sources: judges' and lawyers' habit of alternating unselfconsciously between two different attitudes toward the language they use, and a set of professional biases that tends to prevent scrutiny of that habit
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Dr Karen Petroski, St Louis University School of Law, USA, has been teaching law since 2008 and is trained in both literary analysis and law. She has published several articles and book chapters on legal fictions and the relationship between fictional and legal discourse, including chapters in Legal Fictions in Theory and Practice (ed. Maksymilian Del Mar & William Twining, Springer, 2015) and The Nature of Legal Interpretation: What Jurists Can Learn About Legal Interpretation from Linguistics and Philosophy (ed. Brian Slocum, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2017).
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Petroski, Karen
Index
no index present
LC call number
KF250
LC item number
.P48 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
Law, language and communication
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Law
  • Judicial opinions
  • LAW / Essays
  • LAW / General Practice
  • LAW / Jurisprudence
  • LAW / Paralegals & Paralegalism
  • LAW / Practical Guides
  • LAW / Reference
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication
  • LAW / Court Records
  • LAW / Legal Education
  • Judicial opinions
  • Law
  • United States
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Fiction and the languages of law : understanding contemporary legal discourse
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Publication
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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  • text
  • still image
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
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Extent
1 online resource (241 p.).
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online
Isbn
9781351163828
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computer
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rdamedia
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10.4324/9781351163842
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remote
Stock number
9781351163828
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  • (OCoLC)1061121803
  • (OCoLC)on1061121803
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Fiction and the languages of law : understanding contemporary legal discourse
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (241 p.).
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781351163828
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
10.4324/9781351163842
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
9781351163828
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1061121803
  • (OCoLC)on1061121803

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