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Language in the Legal Process - J. Cotterill

Language in the Legal Process

By: J. Cotterill (Editor)

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Published: 9th October 2002
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Linguists and lawyers from a range of countries and legal systems explore the language of the law and its participants, beginning with the role of the forensic linguist in legal proceedings, either as expert witness or in legal language reform. Subsequent chapters analyze different aspects of language and interaction in the chain of events from a police emergency call through the police interview context and into the courtroom, as well as appeal court and alternative routes to justice. A broad-based, coherent introduction to the discourse of language and law that is ideal for students studying forensic linguistics or language and law, or who want to relate their more general discourse studies to real-life situations. This book demonstrates the methods of linguistic analysis in whole range of discourse and communication encounters in the legal process, presented by world experts in the field.

'Cotterill's recent collection reminds us at every turn that the law is neither monolithic nor impersonal. It is made up of a number of strange (and sometimes beautiful) procedures and staffed by a heady mix of individuals who are in the final measure, human...The problems raised are not only problems for linguists and lawyers. They demand consideration from anyone who would be considered a member of society.' - Annabelle Mooney, British Association of Applied Linguistics

Preface to Paperback Editionp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Notes on the Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Language in the Legal Processp. xv
The Linguist in the Legal Process
To Testify or Not to Testify?p. 3
Whose Voice Is It? Invented and Concealed Dialogue in Written Records of Verbal Evidence Produced by the Policep. 19
Textual Barriers to United States Immigrationp. 35
The Language and Law of Product Warningsp. 54
The Language of the Police and the Police Interview
'I Just Need to Ask Somebody Some Questions': Sensitivities in Domestic Dispute Callsp. 75
So ...?: Pragmatic Implications of So-Prefaced Questions in Formal Police Interviewsp. 91
'Three's a Crowd': Shifting Dynamics in the Interpreted Interviewp. 111
The Miranda Warnings and Linguistic Coercion: The Role of Footing in the Interrogation of a Limited-English-speaking Murder Suspectp. 127
The Language of the Courtroom I: Lawyers and Witnesses
'Just One More Time...': Aspects of Intertextuality in the Trials of O. J. Simpsonp. 147
'Evidence Given in Unequivocal Terms': Gaining Consent of Aboriginal Young People in Courtp. 162
The Clinton Scandal: Some Legal Lessons from Linguisticsp. 180
Understanding the Other: A Case of Mis-Interpreting Culture-Specific Utterances during Alternative Dispute Resolutionp. 196
The Language of the Courtroom II: Judges and Juries
The Meaning of 'I Go Bankrupt': An Essay in Forensic Linguisticsp. 213
'If you were Standing in Marks and Spencers': Narrativisation and Comprehension in the English Summing-upp. 228
Reasonable Doubt about Reasonable Doubt: Assessing Jury Instruction Adequacy in a Capital Casep. 246
Discipline and Punishment in the Discourse of Legal Decisions on Rape Trialsp. 260
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9781403933881
ISBN-10: 140393388X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 9th October 2002
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1