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Trail Language

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Gail StygallUniversity of Washington, USA

ISBN13: 9789027250384
ISBN: 9027250383
Published: October 1994
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Format: Hardback
Price: £88.00



This text explores the language of trials, covering such aspects as: preliminary instructions and opening statements; the evidence; final argument and instructions. It ends with a discussion of legal discourse and discursive formations.

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Contents:
Part 1 LEGAL LANGUAGE, DISCOURSE ANALYSIS, AND SOCIAL THEORY: Research on Legal Language: Studies in Legal Language-As-Object, Studies in Legal Language-As-Process, Studies in Legal Language-as-Instrument; Social Theory and Methodology; The Study, Methods, and Findings; Questions of Representation.
Part 2 FROM TEXT TO TALK: JUROR QUALIFICATION RITES IN AN INDIANA COURT: The Setting, the Case, and the Participants: The Setting, The Case and the Participants; Legal Genre, Legal Order; Control, Conversation, and ""Examination""; Jury Questioning in a Critical Frame.
Part 3: TEXT IN TALK: PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONS AND OPENING STATEMENTS: Reducing the Facts to Law; The Law-Facts Distinction: Leaving the Legal Discourse Topic Outside the Courtroom; Genre Differences; Metacommentary on the Discourse and Topic Shift, Metacommentary, Topic Shift and Bracketing; Before the Evidence Begins.
Part 4 STORIES BY QUESTION AND ANSWER: THE EVIDENCE STAGE: Legal Coherence and Narrative Sequence; The Accident-MOP; Notwithstanding the Evidence; Evidentials; The Form of the Question: The View from the Legal Community, The Jury's Views.
Part 5 LAST WORDS: FINAL ARGUMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS: The Persuasion of Rapport; Genre Differences I: The Appearance of Historical Present and Narrative: The Appearance of Historical Present Tense, HP in Narrative Sequences; Genre Differences II: The Return of the Hearsay Evidential; Dividing the World: Pronoun Use in Final Argument; Final Instructions.
Part 6 LEGAL DISCOURSE AND DISCURSIVE FORMATIONS: An Analysis of the Law's Discursive Practices; Access to Legal Discourse. Notes; References; Index.