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Vol 21 No 10 Oct/Nov 2016

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The Language of Jury Trial: A Corpus-Aided Analysis of Legal-Lay Discourse


ISBN13: 9781403942470
ISBN: 1403942471
Published: May 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £84.00



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Drawing on representative corpora of transcripts from over 100 English criminal jury trials, this stimulating new book explores the nature of 'legal-lay discourse', or the language used by legal professionals before lay juries.

Careful analyses of genres, such as witness examination and the judge's summing-up, reveal a strategic tension between a desire to persuade the jury, and the need to conform to legal constraints. The book also suggests ways of managing this tension linguistically, to help, not hinder, the jury.