LANGUAGE AND THE LAW, global perspectives in forensic linguistics from Africa and beyond

: Ralarala (M.), Kaschula (R.) & Heydon (G.) eds.

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444pp., paperback, Stellenbosch, 2022


Contributions include:

"The politics of interpreting during asylum interviews: Processes, challenges and the implications for the legitimacy of claims for asylum in South Africa" by Pineteh E. Angu and Kristina Gustafsson

"Linguistic minorities and courtroom discourse in Zimbabwe" by Patson Kufakunesu and Paul Svongoro

"'The witch made me do it!' A speech act analysis of the provocation defence in witch lynching cases in Kenya" by Phyllis W. Mwangi, Gatitu Kiguru and Purity Nthiga

"Linguistic patterns in African suicide notes" by Oluwole Oluwatobi Sanni

"Legal armour: Overcoming language barriers in 'the best interests of the child'" by Felicia Snyman-du Toit.

Professor Monwabisi Knowledge Ralarala is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of the Western Cape. He is a Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust alumnus and the 2017 recipient of the Neville Alexander Award for the Promotion of Multilingualism. His co-authored and co-edited books include New frontiers in forensic linguistics: Themes and perspectives in language and law in Africa and beyond (2019); Knowledge beyond colour lines: Towards repurposing knowledge generation in South African higher education (2021) and A handbook on legal languages and the quest for linguistic equality in South Africa and beyond (2021). He is the founder and chief series editor of Studies in Forensic and Legal Linguistics in Africa and beyond.

Professor Russell H. Kaschula is the Postgraduate Coordinator in the Department of African Language Studies, University of the Western Cape, where he holds the Chair in Forensic Linguistics and Multilingualism. His most recent book is Languages, Identities and intercultural Communication in South Africa and Beyond (2021).

Professor Georgina Heydon is an expert in criminology and justice studies at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. She is a past President of the International Association of Forensic and Legal Linguistics