Chris Hutton's research focuses on political issues in language and linguistics. At present he is investigating the links between linguistic theory and race theory, and the history of race theory, following on from his 1999 study of linguistics and ideology in Nazi Germany, Linguistics and the Third Reich (Routledge). In addition to this interest in the history and politics of Western linguistics, Chris Hutton is pursuing various projects at the intersection of linguistics, law and intellectual history. The focus in this work is on issues of legal definition and classification. Publications include Race and the Third Reich (2005), Definition in Theory and Practice (with Roy Harris, 2007), Language, Meaning and the Law (Edinburgh, 2009). More recently he has published two books: Integrationism and the Self. Reflections on the Legal Personhood of Animals (Routledge, 2019) and The Tyranny of Ordinary Meaning: Corbett v Corbett and the Invention of Legal Sex (Palgrave, 2019). Under preparation is a book-length study of the concept 'Aryan'.


Courses offered in 2019-2020:

ENGL1036       Meaning and metaphor
ENGL2126      Law, meaning, and interpretation
ENGL2168       The law of signs: Interpretative controversies in legal semiotics




Selected Publications

2019 Integrationism and the Self. Reflections on the Legal Personhood of Animals (London: Routledge

2019 The Tyranny of Ordinary Meaning: Corbett v Corbett and the Invention of Legal Sex. Cham: Palgrave.

2014 Word Meaning and Legal Interpretation: An Introductory Guide. Basingstoke: Palgrave, MacMillan.  243pp.

2009 Language, Meaning and the Law. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 244 pp.

2007 Definition in Theory and Practice: language, lexicography and the law. London: Continuum. 238 pp. (with R. Harris)

2007 Special edition of Language Sciences on the History of Linguistics (forthcoming) (with Hans-Georg Wolf).

2006 The Romantic theory of language: writing and speech in Western views of the Chinese language. Critical Zone: A Forum of Chinese & Western Knowledge 2: 82-105.

2005 Race and the Third Reich: linguistics, racial anthropology and genetics in the dialectic of Volk. Cambridge: Polity Press. 261 pp.

2005 A Dictionary of Cantonese slang: the language of Hong Kong movies, street gangs and city life London: Hurst & Co; Singapore: NUS; Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press. Principal editor. (with K. Bolton) 492 pp.

2004   "Race science and scientific racism", in ed. E. Cashmore, Encylopedia of Race and Ethnic Studies , London: Routledge, pp. 385-9.

2002   "'Distant mirror' of the self: the image of the Jews in Chinese culture" (review article) Asian Ethnicities 3 (2): 256-262.

2002   "Media mythologies: the case of triad language." In eds. C. Barron, N. Bruce, and D. Nunan, Knowledge and discourse, London: Longman, pp. 147-163. [with K. Bolton]

2002  "The language myth and the race myth: twin evils of modern identity politics?" In ed. Roy Harris, The Language Myth in Western Culture, London: Curzon, pp. 118-138.

2001   "Cultural and conceptual relativism, universalism and the politics of linguistics." In eds. R. Dirven, B. Hawkins & E. Sandikcioglu, Language and Ideology I: cognitive theoretical approaches. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 277-296.

2000   "Cross-border Categories: Ethnic Chinese and the Sino-Vietnamese Border at Mong Cai." In eds. G. Evans, C. Hutton, and K.E. Kuah, Where China meets Southeast Asia, pp. 254-276. Singapore:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

2000   "Linguistics in cross-cultural communication: From the Chinese Repository to the 'Chinese Emerson'." Journal of Asian Pacific Communication 9: 145-163 [with K. Bolton].

1999   Linguistics and the Third Reich. Mother-tongue fascism, race and the science of language. London & New York: Routledge.

1990   Abstraction and instance: the type-token relation in linguistic theory. Oxford: Pergamon.



Last updated: 6 February 2020