John Conley, William O’Barr ask you these questions:
- Is it “just words” when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker?
- Is it “just words” when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw up a contract?
The two men have issued the second edition of Just Words: Law, Language, and Power. Have not read it myself, but I’m intrigued (we love a good title pun). This is how they describe their book: “In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, Just Words focuses on what has become the central issue in law and language research: what language reveals about the nature of legal power.”
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