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Translating the Social World for LawLinguistic Tools for a New Legal Realism$
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Elizabeth Mertz, William K. Ford, and Gregory Matoesian

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199990559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199990559.001.0001

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Translating Law and Social Science

(p.1) 1 Introduction
Translating the Social World for Law

William K. Ford

Elizabeth Mertz

Oxford University Press

In their introductory essay, Ford and Mertz survey the articles in the volume and summarize some overarching themes that emerge from the group as a whole. To begin with, the authors of these articles do not view interdisciplinary communication as transparent or easy; the process itself is not to be taken for granted. They also pay close attention to details of language and linguistic contexts. Some articles demonstrate the linguistic structure of legal misunderstandings, others examine the language in which courts translate social science and science, while the final chapters in the volume explicitly examine barriers to translation between law and other disciplines.

Keywords:   language and law, linguistic analysis, interdisciplinary communication, law and social science

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