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In Preparation: Special Section on "Experimental Approaches to Language, Law and Human Rights"


The current issue no. 11 will conclude with a special section on Experimental Approaches to Language, Law and Human Rights, edited by Jennifer Smolka and Benedikt Pirker following the 5th General Conference of the International Language and Law Association (ILLA).
Based on a thematic area on empirical approaches in law and language studies, the present special section assembles three exemplary contributions outlining possible dimensions of how empirical work can contribute to language and law. The authors of these contributions explore cross-linguistic empirical work on communication between police and victims, witnesses and suspects and the impact that linguistic and cultural differences can have, a corpus-based approach, which is combined with terminology studies to gain robust empirical data on terminological variation both within one language and inter-lingually, and experimental research, testing the claims of different theories on legal interpretation as to whether legal interpretation fundamentally differs from ordinary understanding processes of language or not. These contributions thus exemplarily show the various ways in which all of these lines of research are able to complement existing research, open up new lines of inquiry and question or confirm existing assumptions.