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Intercultural communication and the language of the law

TitleIntercultural communication and the language of the law
Author(s)Sussex, Roland;
DescriptionAustralia has had significant experience of language and culture issues in the courtroom and some of these have been studied in depth by scholars like Eades and Walsh on language in Australian legal practice, and by Gibbons on the language of the law. This article brings this research into the framework of the rapidly growing discipline of intercultural communication, with its wider perspective of intercultural differences. It surveys how these cultural factors interact with linguistic communication, andhow both can affect the work of legal professionals, and considers the different possible roles of judges in multicultural courtrooms. (Author abstract).
Publication detailsAustralian Law Journal, 78(8) Aug 2004; 530-543
Subject(s)Criminal justice system; Courts and sentencing;