Exploring Courtroom Discourse: The Language of Power and Control

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Anne Wagner, Le Cheng
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 267 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Language Power and Control in Courtroom Discourse
3
Power and Control in Language
11
Understanding Courtroom Communication through Cultural Scripts
13
Witnesses on Trial Address and Referring Terms in US Cases
31
False Confessions Become Compelling at Trial
49
The Role of Metadiscourse in Counsels Questions
81
Constructing Legal Narratives Clientlawyers Stories
113
Power and Control behind Language
131
Magical Images in Law
133
The Construction of Admissions of Fault through American Rules of Evidence Speech Silence and Significance in the Legal Creation of Liability
179
The Construction of Truth in Legal Decisionmaking
195
Hidden Penalties Faced by NonEnglish Speakers in the UK Criminal Justice System An Interpreting Perspective
211
Language Alternation in Kenyan and Malaysian Courts
229
The Place of Arbitration in Online Proceedings as a Simulacrum
253
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Anne Wagner, is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics., Universite du Littoral CAte 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.

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