FuzzyLaw on tour!

FuzzyLaw, a website about legal terminology, is visiting the Eisteddfod this week.  http://www.eisteddfod.org.uk/cymraeg/

Specially commissioned interactive games will enable visitors to the festivities to play with FuzzyLaw and try to find patterns in the definitions it provides.

There will also be an opportunity to take part in the online version of the site for those who want to leave a more permanent contribution.

If you’re in Carmarthenshire, why not go along!

Best wishes


Core members – Staff of the Centre for Language and Communication Research

The core members of CaLL are Dr Michelle Aldridge, Dr Janet Cotterill, Dr Chris Heffer and Dr Frances Rock.  All work at the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff University.  You can find more information about CLCR at http://cardiff.ac.uk/encap/research/clcr/ and information about each of us at the following links:

Michelle Aldridge  http://cardiff.ac.uk/encap/contactsandpeople/profiles/aldridge-michelle.html

Janet Cotterill  http://cardiff.ac.uk/encap/contactsandpeople/profiles/cotterill-janet.html

Chris Heffer  http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/contactsandpeople/profiles/heffer-chris.html

Frances Rock  http://cardiff.ac.uk/encap/contactsandpeople/profiles/rock-frances.html

Please contact Frances or Chris if you would like to join our circle of members and friends.

New publication from two CaLL members

We are delighted to announce the publication of “Legal-Lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law”.  This new book, published by Oxford University Press, provides a particular perspective on communication between legal professionals and those they encounter in their work by paying special attention to the transformation and ‘travel’ of texts as part of that communication.


You can find out more about the book here:  http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.001.0001/acprof-9780199746842

Research Talk from Tanya Tkacukova, Aston University

There is an upcoming talk in the CLCR Research Seminar Series which is likely to be of interest to CaLL members.  Here are the details.  It will be great to see you there:

Wednesday, 23 October 2012 (Week 4) 1pm – 2pm

Room 3.58, John Percival Building

Communication needs of litigants in person

Dr Tanya Tkacukova

Aston University



The talk presents communicative challenges litigants in person experience when representing themselves in court. In light of recent legislative changes and cuts in legal aid in England and Wales, the number of litigants in person has risen dramatically. Nevertheless, there has not been much research conducted on litigation in person from the legal perspective, let alone the linguistic point of view. The talk presents this under-researched topic and aims to provide an overview of communicative and linguistic problems litigants in person experience during opening and closing speeches, witness examination, interaction with judges and opposing counsels. The talk also identifies further research options that can potentially help lawyers and the judiciary in the debate on changes of legal proceedings for litigants in person. The data draws on several widely publicised cases and small claims cases from England and Wales and the USA.

CaLL Research Group – First meeting of 2013-14

Our first Reserach Group meeting will take place on Thursday 17th October in room 3.66 of the John Percival Building from 4.10pm.  The Group will consider a paper published in June this year by Dennis Kurzon entitled “Foreign and archaic phrases in legal texts”.  The paper is from The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law Vol 20 no. 1.


The Group is open to anyone who’d like to come along to discuss language and law although obviously reading the paper in advance is fairly essential to this session.


Best wishes




CaLL Research Group

The CaLL Research Group is being convened this year by Jane Cooke – thank you Jane!

Those people who have come along to the group in the past will know that it has predominantly operated as a reading group and with the name “CaLL Reading Group”.  This year, we are not only inviting contributions of reading suggestions (recent papers being an obvious, exciting focus). Instead we’re throwing the net wide for members to discuss, in addition to readings on Language and Law, data, in particular.  Participants are invited to identify data, online, for example and circulate it for discussion.  The usual ethical standards must be observed – if in doubt, check first with Chris Heffer (hefferc2@cardiff.ac.uk) or Frances Rock (rockf@cardiff.ac.uk).

Best wishes


Innocence Project Collaboration launched

An exciting collaboration began yesterday, 13th March 2013, between CaLL and Cardiff Innocence Project.
Our MA students have begun to examine interview recordings, transcripts and statements in a range of cases which the Innocence Project is currently looking into.
Information on Cardiff Innocence Project is available at: https://www.law.cf.ac.uk/probono/innocence/
For more information, contact Dr Frances Rock