Language and the Law in Deaf Communities

Language and the Law in Deaf Communities

by Ceil Lucas
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563681439

ISBN-13: 9781563681431

Pub. Date: 11/15/2003

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

The ninth volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series focuses on forensic linguistics, a field created by noted linguist Roger Shuy, who begins the collection with an introduction of the issue of language problems experienced by minorities in legal settings. Attorney and linguist Rob Hoopes follows by showing how deaf people who use American Sign

Overview

The ninth volume in the Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities series focuses on forensic linguistics, a field created by noted linguist Roger Shuy, who begins the collection with an introduction of the issue of language problems experienced by minorities in legal settings. Attorney and linguist Rob Hoopes follows by showing how deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) are at a distinct disadvantage in legal situations, such as police interrogations, where only the feeblest of efforts are made to ensure that deaf suspects understand their constitutional rights.

Susan Mather, an associate professor of linguistics and interpretation, and Robert Mather, a federal disability rights attorney, examine the use of interpreters for deaf jurors during trials. They reveal the courts' gross misunderstandings of the important differences between ASL and Signed English. Sara S. Geer, an attorney at the National Association of the Deaf for 20 years, explains how the difficulty in understanding legal terminology in federal law is compounded for deaf people in every ordinary act, including applying for credit cards and filling out medical consent forms.

Language and the Law in Deaf Communities concludes with a chapter by George Castelle, Chief Public Defender in Charleston, West Virginia. Although he has no special knowledge about the legal problems of deaf people, Castelle offers another perspective based upon his extensive experience in practicing and teaching law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563681431
Publisher:
Gallaudet University Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Series:
Sociolinguistics in Deaf Communities Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Advisory Boardvi
Editor's Introductionvii
The Language Problems of Minorities in the Legal Setting1
Trampling Miranda: Interrogating Deaf Suspects21
Court Interpreting for Signing Jurors: Just Transmitting or Interpreting?60
When "Equal" Means "Unequal"--And Other Legal Conundrums for the Deaf Community82
Misunderstanding, Wrongful Convictions, and Deaf People168
Contributors177
Index179

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >