Communication Matters: new language varieties and new interactions in legal contexts

Samantha Disbray

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    Abstract

    RESEARCH AIM
    This exploratory research sought to identify important issues in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural interactions in legal contexts in the Northern Territory for further investigation. The research was funded by NT Law Society Public Purposes Trust. This research brief identifies two areas that would improve practice with further research.

    KEY FINDINGS

    Two key matters arose as significant:
    - The needs of speakers of traditional languages are reasonably clear, in terms of provision of interpreter services and a range of new multimedia resources, however, the needs for speakers of new contact languages are not. The language situation in many sites in the NT is dynamic, with younger speakers adopting and adapting new language varieties. Research is required on the needs of speakers of contact languages in legal interactions.
    - There are a range of new means of increasing the capacity of participants in legal settings (legal officers, professionals and clients), such as books, electronic resources, websites and outreach services. Research is needed to evaluate these resources and programs, to consider how to best maximise their reach and impact.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-15
    Number of pages15
    No.RB01
    Specialist publicationResearch Briefs
    PublisherCharles Darwin University, The Northern Institute
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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