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Legal Discourse and Communication

ISSN No: 2056-7855
Series Editor(s):
Girolamo Tessuto
Subject: Law

Series Description

Legal Discourse and Communication is a refereed international series initiated by the Centre for Research in Language and Law (CRILL) of the English Language Chair, Law Department of University of Naples 2 ( It is the successor to the former Explorations in Language and Law international series.

Legal Discourse and Communication is a research tool series that explores theoretical, descriptive and applied issues of legal discourse and communication manifest in different languages, cultures, systems and societies. Given the central role played by language in the creation of socio-legal reality, studies in this series will focus on synchronic and diachronic forms and structures of written and spoken discourse as a system of communication and action within and across the academic, professional and institutional boundaries of law. This series welcomes original, high-quality work in legal language, discourse and communication as well as extending to other social categories where these wider analytical fields are involved. It therefore encourages theories and methods taken from, but not limited to, text and (critical) discourse analysis, genre analysis, conversation analysis, corpus-based analysis, sociolinguistics, ethnographic, multimodal or mediated discourse analyses. These ‘multi-modal’ approaches to discursive accounts of legal language and communication in social and cultural formations expand to include rhetoric/argumentation analysis, multilingualism and translation/interpretation, and provide a forum for analyses across a broad spectrum of humanities and social science disciplines. The series is aimed at an international readership of academics, researchers or practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds.

Authors are encouraged to submit chapters for inclusion in edited volumes, as well as research articles, comments or book reviews for inclusion in special issues. All chapters and research papers will be double-blind peer reviewed before submission to Cambridge Scholars. Book chapters and research articles must be accompanied by an abstract of up to 200 words and should not generally exceed 7,000 words, inclusive of abstract, footnotes, tables, graphs and references. Comments should not generally exceed 2,000 words, inclusive of footnotes, tables, graphs and references. All submissions must contain full contact details (email, postal, telephone, fax) of the corresponding author, with institutional affiliations for all contributors.

Please contact the local production unit headed by Series Editor (Prof. Tessuto), assisted by unit member (Dr. Spedding), regarding edited volumes, research articles, comments and book reviews:

Advisory Board

Prof. Vijay K. BHATIA, President, Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association, HONG KONG

Prof. James ARCHIBALD, McGill University, CANADA
Prof. Brian BIX, University of Minnesota Law School, USA
Prof. Marianne CONSTABLE, University of California at Berkeley, USA
Prof. Andrei MARMOR, University of Southern California, USA
Prof. Steven L. WINTER, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Prof. Robyn CARSTON, University College London, UK, Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, NORWAY
Prof. Jan ENGBERG, Åarhus University, DENMARK
Prof. Paola EVANGELISTI, University of Sport and Movement ‘Foro Italico’, Rome, ITALY
Prof. Giuliana GARZONE, University of Milan, ITALY
Prof. Sebastian McEVOY, University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, FRANCE
Prof. Tarja SALMI-TOLONEN, University of Turku, FINLAND
Prof. Rita SALVI, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, ITALY
Prof. Christopher J. WILLIAMS, University of Foggia, ITALY
Prof. Helen XANTHAKI, University of London, UK
Prof. Giuseppe BALIRANO, University of Naples L’Orientale, ITALY
Dr. Ross CHARNOCK, Université Paris 9, FRANCE
Dr. Eveline T. FETERIS, University of Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS
Dr. Colin ROBERTSON, Council of the European Union, BRUSSELS

Editor(s) Biography

Girolamo Tessuto is Associate Professor of English Language, Linguistics and Translation at the Law Department of the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (University of Naples 2, Italy). He also teaches in the Law Department of the University of Naples ‘Federico II’ and Medicine Department of University of Naples 2. He is Head of the Centre for Research in Language and Law (CRILL) set up by the English Language Chair within the Department of Law of the University of Naples 2 This centre exists to disseminate scientific information and foster dialogue on all aspects of the interface between Language and Law. He is Editorial Board member of several international linguistic journals (English Linguistics Research, International Journal of English Linguistics, International Journal of Law, Language and Discourse, English Language and Literature Studies, Study in English Language Teaching) and member of CLAVIER Inter-university Research Centre (Milan Research Unit). His research interests in English applied linguistics focus primarily on synchronic English legal discourse and genre analyses in academic and professional settings, English for Specific Purposes (ESP) / English for Academic Purposes (EAP) theory and practice, and extends to discourse in political and institutional settings, legal translation, and plain legal language issues. His published academic work includes research monographs, book chapters, articles, conference papers, and co-edited volumes.

Series Titles

Constructing Legal Discourses and Social Practices

Over recent decades, legal language and its representation of social action, social actors and social practices have provided systematic insights into the meaning and function of text, discourse or talk realised in academic, professional and institutional sites of communication, and generated a variety of data for analysis, method ...