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LINGUIST List 20.179

Tue Jan 20 2009

Books: Forensic Ling/Discourse Analysis: Olanrewaju

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Forensic Linguistics: Olanrewaju


Message 1: Forensic Linguistics: Olanrewaju
Date: 19-Jan-2009
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Forensic Linguistics: Olanrewaju
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Title: Forensic Linguistics
Subtitle: An Introduction to the Study of Language and the Law
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 71
Published: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Farinde Raifu Olanrewaju
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895861925 Pages: 326 Price: Europe EURO 74.00
Abstract:

It has already been affirmed that there are power and asymmetries in
courtroom discourse. The courtroom professional such as judges,
magistrates, lawyers and prosecutors have power over the defendants and
witnesses. (Danet, 1984, Luchjenbroers, 1997). This book attempts to
provide an explanatory account of linguistic communication between legal
professional such as lawyers and prosecutors and the witnesses with a view
to show the power prevalent in the courtroom discourse. To this end,
various forms of questions such as WH-questions, alternative questions,
yes/no questions and declarative questions were analysed to account for the
discoursive practices between the lawyers, prosecutors and the witnesses.
The framework of this study is supplied by Luchjenbroers (1993).
Additionally, WH-questions and declarative in their various forms are
further analysed which reveal further manipulation by lawyers to maintain
control over courtroom discourse.

The data are 20 hours of audio-taped cases recorded at the High Courts of
Justice and Magistrate Courts in Nigeria. The cases collected include
assault, theft, house breaking, land, mutiny and rental. The key
suggestions in this book are that narrative mode is indispensable in the
fact-finding process which explains why it is favoured during examination.
Also questions that contain propositions and presuppositions are strong
weapon for the lawyers in controlling, convincing and persuading the
witnesses to endorse their ideas. The four analysis carried out in the
thesis suggest the fact that lawyers maintain tight control of courtroom
discourse.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Forensic Linguistics
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=39019


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