Language and the Law
Ways in which law regulates language and speech, with particular emphasis on offensive speech. Theory and practice of freedom of speech and its limitations; how the legal system treats obscenity, profanity and “indecent” speech, defamation, and hate speech. Emphasis on why these forms of speech are considered offensive, with reference to sociological, anthropological, and political explanations for restrictions on offensive speech. Studies language as property in form of copyright, trademark, and trade secrets law. Comparative approach, considering how different societies have dealt with these difficult issues. One course.