A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society & Culture No. 25)

A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society & Culture No. 25)

By: Sol Azuelos-Atias (author)Hardback

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A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent is a detailed investigation of proofs of criminal intent in Israeli courtrooms. The book analyses linguistic, pragmatic, interpretative and argumentative strategies used by Israeli lawyers and judges in order to examine the defendant's intention. There can be no doubt that this subject is worthy of a thorough investigation. A person's intention is a psychological phenomenon and therefore, unless the defendant chooses to confess his intent, it cannot be proven directly - either by evidence or by witnesses' testimonies. The defendant's intention must be inferred usually from the overall circumstances of the case; verbal and situational contexts, cultural and ideological assumptions and implicatures should be taken into account. The linguistic analysis of these inferences presented here is necessarily comprehensive: it requires consideration of a variety of theoretical frameworks including speech act theory, discourse analysis, argumentation theory, polyphony theory and text linguistics.

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1. Phonetic transcription; 2. Chapter I. The linguistic framework; 3. 1.1 The subject and aim of the work; 4. 1.2 A theoretical framework; 5. 1.3 The Israeli legal system; 6. 1.4 Legal argumentation; 7. 1.5 Pragmatic and discoursal characteristics of the Israeli legal criminal discourse; 8. Chapter II. Legal causation and criminal intent: Pragmatic and linguistic aspects; 9. 2.1 Introduction; 10. 2.2 Linguistic reconstruction of causation in legal discourse; 11. 2.3 Reconstructing the mental element of the offence: Proving criminal intent; 12. 2.4 Summary; 13. Chapter III. A socio-pragmatic portrayal of "the Israeli reasonable person"; 14. 3.1 Introduction; 15. 3.2 The degree of concreteness of the notion of "the reasonable person" in the legal "linguistic game"; 16. 3.3 The concept of a "Reasonable Person" - the approaches of the parliament and the judgment; 17. 3.4 "The reasonable person", de facto; 18. 3.5 "The Israeli reasonable person" and the value of conjugal fidelity; 19. 3.6 Summary; 20. Chapter IV. A rhetoric-pragmatic study of figures in the legal drama: The accused, the victim; 21. 4.1 Introduction; 22. 4.2 The "ultimate narrator" model strategy; 23. 4.3 The "audition" model strategy; 24. 4.4 Summary; 25. Conclusions; 26. References; 27. Appendix 1; 28. Appendix 2; 29. Appendix 3; 30. Appendix 4; 31. Index

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  • publication date: 26/07/2007
  • ISBN13: 9789027227164
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 191
  • ID: 9789027227164
  • weight: 490
  • ISBN10: 9027227160

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