Harold Berman: Law and Language

This review discusses Harold Berman’s, Law and Language, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. It locates this short book in relation to Berman’s extensive body of publications in international and comparative law, and asks what contribution the book’s recent, posthumous publication can make to current debates over approaches to forensic linguistics. Particular attention is given to Berman’s conceptualisation of law as a ‘living language’, as well as to his coining of the term ‘communification’ to describe the value of legal-lay dialogue in building a public sense of community and in sustaining the legitimacy of legal systems
Keywords Legal language  Living language  Forensic linguistics  Community  Interdisciplinarity
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DOI 10.1007/s11196-014-9389-2
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