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Translating the Social World for Law: Linguistic Tools for a New Legal Realism

Elizabeth Mertz, William K. Ford, and Gregory Matoesian


This volume is dedicated to exploring the linguistic challenges arising from the process of interdisciplinary translation between law and the social science disciplines. Although the field of language and law has by now produced much wonderful work examining intersections of law and linguistics, much work remains in exploring the linguistic dimensions of the difficulties that continue to confound efforts at incorporating the insights of social science into the heart of legal scholarship. The study of law has a special connection with the legal structure through which so much of our society is ... More

Keywords: New Legal Realism, linguistic analysis, law and social science, legal translation, interdisciplinary communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199990559
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199990559.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Mertz, editor
Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin

William K. Ford, editor
Assistant Professor of Law, The John Marshall Law School

Gregory Matoesian, editor
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Missouri, Columbia

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Front Matter

1 Introduction

William K. Ford and Elizabeth Mertz

Part One. Analyzing Legal Translations on the Ground

4. Part One Commentary

Michael Silverstein

Part Two. System-Level Challenges: When Courts Translate Social Science

6. Being Human

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Part Three. Toward Improved Translations: Recognizing the Barriers

10. Law’s Resistance to Translation®

An Interview with Peter Brooks

Part Four. Concluding Remarks

11. Afterword

Gregory Matoesian

End Matter