Ideology in the Language of Judges

Ideology in the Language of Judges : How Judges Practice Law, Politics, and Courtroom Control

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Philips looks at the languages of judges in the courtroom to show that, while judges see themselves as impartial agents of the constitutional right to due process, there is actually much diversity in the way that judges interract with defendants due to their interpretations of the law, their attitudes toward courtroom control, and their own political-ideological stances regarding due process. She uses courtroom transcripts, interviews, and the written law itself to show how ideological diversity is organized in legal more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 157.5 x 225 x 15.2mm | 367.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195113411
  • 9780195113419
  • 1,370,287

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The author uses fine-grained analysis of courtroom language to reveal the pervasive influence of ideology on trial court judges' practices. Followers of Philips's pioneering work on legal language will not be disappointed; the volume lives up to the exacting standard she set for the field in her early articles on courtroom (and classroom) discourse. * Language in Society * Conclusions are firmly embedded in rigorous observation and data analysis by Philips and represent an important contribution to studies of legal discourse. * Word * The book gives evidence that people do not compartmentalize their beliefs, however much they may wish to or believe that they are capable of is see anthropological and linguistic studies taken to the city. * Notes on Linguistics * A masterful achievement.... This will quickly become a major text in the literatures both on ideology in discourse and on legal discourse. * Deborah Tannen, Georgetown University *show more

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