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Exploring Courtroom Discourse: The Language of Power and Control

Edited by: Anne Cheng Le Wagner

ISBN13: 9781409423478
Published: July 2011
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This volume presents a combination of practical, empirical research data and theoretical reflection to provide a comparative view of language and discourse in the courtroom. The work explores how the various disciplines of law and linguistics can help us understand the nature of "Power and Control" - both oral and written - and how it might be clarified to unravel linguistic representation of legal reality. It presents and examines the most recent research and theories at national and international level.

The book represents a valuable contribution to the study and analysis of courtroom discourse and courtroom cultures more generally. It will be of interest to students and researchers working in the areas of language and law, legal theory, and interpretation, and semiotics of law.

General Interest
Foreword: power of and to language in law, Deborah Cao
Introduction: language, power and control in courtroom discourse, Anne Wagner and Le Cheng
Part I Power and Control in Language: Understanding courtroom communication through cultural scripts, Kim McCaul
Witnesses on trial: address and referring terms in US cases, Sarah Dettenwanger
(False) confessions become compelling at trial, Gillian Grebler
The role of metadiscourse in counsels' questions, Silvia Cavalieri
Constructing legal narratives. Client-lawyer stories, Flora Di Donato.
Part II Power and Control Behind Language: Some uses of magical images in law, Christine A. Corcos
The construction of admissions of fault through American rules of evidence: speech, silence, and significance in the legal creation of liability, Janet Ainsworth
The construction of truth in legal decision-making, Petrina Schiavi
Hidden penalties faced by non-English speakers in the UK criminal justice system: an interpreting perspective, Roxana Rycroft
Language alternation in Kenyan and Malaysian courts, Richard Powell and Maya David
Place of arbitration in online proceedings as a simulacrum, Joanna Jemielniak