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Aboriginal Ways of Using English
Aboriginal Ways of Using English

Aboriginal Ways of Using English


276 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $39.95 (CA $43.95) (US $39.95)

Publication Date: October 2013

ISBN 9781922059260

Rights: US & CA

Aboriginal Studies Press (Oct 2013)


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Written by one of the pioneers of the field of forensic linguistics, this collection presents 30 years of research and writings that focus on the distinct dialect of English spoken in Australia known as Aboriginal English. The implications of Diana Eades's work within the education, legal, and social spheres are of profound importance for understanding the lived experiences of Aboriginal Australians and the development of communication processes that overcome the existing inequalities within these spheres. Aboriginal Ways of Using English is a significant contribution to cross-cultural understandings and examines a significant subset of Australian English that is often ignored. The book is invaluable reading for students and scholars in linguistics, Aboriginal studies, criminology, law, education, and communication studies.


"This is a long-awaited book from one of the leading forensic linguists whose work has had a profound effect on several aspects of the Australian legal system. Diana Eades covers all aspects of interaction within the legal process from the first interview a suspect has with the police, through consultations with lawyers to the complexities of courtroom talk. There is also specific focus on the special problems of child witnesses and those who are not fluent in the language of the court. All readers will find new insights.”  —Malcolm Coulthard, professor of forensic linguistics, Aston University, UK, on Sociolinguistics and the Legal Process

“An especially welcome contribution to the field of language and the law (a field also referred to as forensic linguistics), artfully situating the field within the broader framework of sociolinguistics. . . . Covering language and law from a multiplicity of theoretical and substantive vantage points, Eades succeeds in producing a textbook that not only explains the field in all of its many facets, but also is thorough and up-to-date in its review of the scholarly works on which it is built."  —Susan Berk-Seligson, Vanderbilt University, in Language in Society journal, on Sociolinguistics and the Legal Process

Author Biography

Diana Eades is an adjunct professor at the University of New England who specializes in critical sociolinguistics, language in the legal process, and intercultural communication, particularly involving Australian Aboriginal people who speak varieties of English. She is coeditor of the International Journal of Speech Language and the Law and is the author of Courtroom Talk and Neocolonial Control, Linguistic Description, History and Development: Linguistic Indulgence in Memory of Terry Crowley, and Sociolinguistics and the Legal Process.