Linguistic Evidence

Linguistic Evidence : Language, Power and Strategy in the Courtroom

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This study draws on over 150 hours of courtroom speech recorded in a North Carolina court. It looks at the ethnography of courtroom speech, and contains social psychological experiments focused on the effects of different modes of presenting information in courts of law. The research involves four major sets of linguistic variables: "powerful" versus "powerless" speech; hypercorrect versus formal speech; narrative versus fragmented testimony; and simultaneous speech by witnesses and lawyers. All these studies emphasize the importance of form over content of testimony.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 149.86 x 218.44 x 12.7mm | 258.55g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • references, index
  • 0125235216
  • 9780125235211

Table of contents

The nature of legal language; legal assumptions about language and communication; ethnography and experimentation; speech styles in the courtroom; controlling the effects of presentational style; conclusions. Appendices: transcripts of "powerful" and "powerless" styles; transcripts of narrative and fragmented styles; transcripts of hypercorrect and formal styles; transcripts of overlapping and non-overlapping speech.
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