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Law, Language, and Cognition Seminar

This seminar will involve interdisciplinary studies into how advances in our knowledge of how the human language works may impact on issues in the law. Among the topics that will be addressed are the law's handling of encounters between citizens and law enforcement officials, evidentiary issues (including hearsay, authentication and the rules governing expert witnesses), the interpretation of statutes, and the jury system. Students will be encouraged to read in law, linguistics and psychology to develop sophisticated approaches to problems that the legal system may not now be addressing adequately.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade with pass/fail option. This course requires a series of short papers. Students may, for a third credit, expand one of those papers into a full-length term paper.