Jeffrey P. Kaplan is Professor of Linguistics at San Diego State University, USA, and a research associate affiliated with the linguistics program at Western Washington University, USA.
Kaplan tells us, there is literally no better training for law than linguistics, then backs this up his claim with vivid examples of criminal cases that result from simple police stops, Miranda warnings, police interviews, confessions, perjury, and courtroom testimony. But that's not all. He does the same with civil cases involving disputes about contracts, trademarks, and the interpretation of statutes, all of which include fascinating stories that convince readers that language and law are closely intertwined. The author's refreshingly readable, informal style is bound to have an immediate appeal to both experts and novices. This book is an excellent choice for teachers to use as they introduce this fascinating topic either to students of law or linguistics. Roger W. Shuy, Georgetown University, USA In this book, Kaplan clearly and engagingly demonstrates how many legal issues raise questions that could be best addressed through applying a scientific understanding of how language works. Whether the reader has a grounding in linguistics and is interested in how linguistic analysis could apply to issues in the law or the reader is legally trained and wants to understand how legal analysis could benefit from the science of linguistics, this book will be equally indispensable. Janet Ainsworth, Seattle University School of Law, USA