Language In The Legal Process / Edition 1

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Linguists and lawyers from a range of countries and legal systems explore the language of the law and its participants, beginning with the role of the forensic linguist in legal proceedings, either as expert witness or in legal language reform. Subsequent chapters analyze different aspects of language and interaction in the chain of events from a police emergency call through the police interview context and into the courtroom, as well as appeal court and alternative routes to justice. A broad-based, coherent introduction to the discourse of language and law that is ideal for students studying forensic linguistics or language and law, or who want to relate their more general discourse studies to real-life situations. This book demonstrates the methods of linguistic analysis in whole range of discourse and communication encounters in the legal process, presented by world experts in the field.

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"Cotterill's recent collection reminds us at every turn that the law is neither monolithic nor impersonal. It is made up of a number of strange (and sometimes beautiful) procedures and staffed by a heady mix of individuals who are in the final measure, human...The problems raised are not only problems for linguists and lawyers. They demand consideration from anyone who would be considered a member of society." - Annabelle Mooney, British Association of Applied Linguistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403933881
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Cotterill is a Lecturer in Language and Communication at Cardiff University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Language in the Legal Process--J.Cotterill
Part I: The Linguist in the Legal Process
• To Testify or Not to Testify?--R.W.Shuy
• Whose Voice Is It? Invented and Concealed Dialogue in Written Records of Verbal Evidence Produced by the Police--M.Coulthard
• Textual Barriers to United States Immigration--G.Stygall
• The Language and Law of Product Warnings--P.M.Tiersma
Part II: The Language of the Police and the Police Interview
• 'I Just Need to Ask Somebody Some Questions': Sensitivities in Domestic Dispute Calls--K.Tracy & R.R.Agne
• So...? Pragmatic Implications of So-Prefaced Questions in Formal Police Interviews--A.Johnson
• 'Three's a Crowd': Shifts in Dynamics in the Interpreted Interview--S.Russell
• The Miranda Warnings and Linguistic Coercion: The Role of Footing in the Interrogation of a Limited-English Speaking Murder Suspect--S.Berk-Seligson
Part III: The Language of the Courtroom I: Lawyers and Witnesses
• 'Just One More Time...': Change and Continuity in Courtroom Narratives in the Trials of OJ Simpson--J.Cotterill
• 'Evidence Given in Unequivocal Terms': Gaining Consent of Aboriginal Young People in Court--D.Eades
• The Clinton Scandal: Some Legal Lessons from Linguistics--L.M.Solan
• Understanding the Other: A Case of Mis-Interpreting Culture-Specific Utterances at Alternative Dispute Resolution--R.H.Moeketsi
Part IV: The Language of the Courtroom II: Judges and Juries
• The Meaning of 'I Go Bankrupt': An Essay in Forensic Linguistics--S.Bernstein
• 'If You Were Standing in Marks and Spencers': Narrativization and Comprehension in the English Summing-Up--C.Heffer
• Reasonable Doubt about Reasonable Doubt: Assessing Jury Instruction Adequacy in a Capital Case--B.K.Dumas
• Discipline and Punishment in the Discourse of Legal Decision on Rape C.Figueiredo
• Index

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