Exploring Courtroom Discourse: The Language of Power and Control (Law, Language and Communication)

Exploring Courtroom Discourse: The Language of Power and Control (Law, Language and Communication)

By: Le Cheng (author), Ms. Anne Wagner (editor), Ms. Anne Wagner (series_editor), Professor Vijay K. Bhatia (series_editor)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 levels. 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, interpretation, and semiotics of law.

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Anne Wagner, is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics., Universite du Littoral CA'te d'Opale, France, and Research Professor, China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing, China). Since 2005 she has been President of the International Roundtables for the Semiotics of Law (IRSL). She is the founder of the website: http://www.semioticsoflaw.com; a founding Member of International Law and Language Association and a Permanent Member of the Scientific Committee of the Instituto Subalpino per l'analisi e l'insegnamento del diritto della attivitA transanzionali - ISAIDAT. She has published extensively on issues relating to law and language. Le Cheng is currently Professor and Director of the Center for Legal Discourse and Translation, Zhejiang University. He holds a concurrent professorship at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). He is Chief Editor of the International Journal of Law, Language & Discourse, co-editor of the Translated Series on Law and Language (CUPL Press), Secretary General and Vice President of the Multicultural Association of Law and Language, Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Legal Translation, CUPL, and Councillor of the China Behaviour Law Association. His interests and publications are in the areas of law, legal translation, semiotics, language and law, and discourse analysis.


Contents: Foreword: power of and to language in law, Deborah Cao; 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: 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 Khemlani David; The place of arbitration in online proceedings as a simulacrum, Joanna Jemielniak; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 13/07/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781409423478
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781409423478
  • weight: 676
  • ISBN10: 1409423476

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