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FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Courtroom Discourse

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        1.     Le Cheng , Call for Book Chapters: Courtroom Discourse

Message 1: Call for Book Chapters: Courtroom Discourse
Date: 14-Dec-2010
From: Le Cheng <chengle163hotmail.com>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: Courtroom Discourse
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Advances in Courtroom Discourse: Corpus Studies
Editors: Winnie Cheng & Le Cheng

Call for Papers

Over the past three decades considerable and extensive studies of courtroom
language have been carried out in various jurisdictions. Disciplines such
as law and language (e.g. Cheng & Cheng, 2010; Conley & O’Barr, 1998, 2005;
Wagner & Cheng, 2011), forensic linguistics (e.g. Cheng & Sha, forthcoming;
Coulthard & Johnson, 2007; Gibbons, 2003; Kniffka, Blackwell & Coulthard,
1996; McMenamin, 2002; Svartvik, 1968; Olsson, 2004), and language and law
(e.g. Kredens & Gozdz-Roszkowski, 2007; Kniffka, 2007; Levi, 1994; Schane,
2006) are well-established dealing with the interface between law and
language. Besides research into the law/legislation on language, studies on
the use of language in legal settings can be further divided into three
categories: the language of the law, the language of the judicial process,
and the language as evidence (Coulthard & Johnson, 2007; Turell, 2008).
Courtroom language and discourses provide rich and diversified sources of
data for the jurisprudence, sociology, linguistics and other related
disciplines. Scholars of these fields of inquiries have dealt with a wide
range of issues and concerns of great interest and relevance and have
adopted a great variety of theoretical and analytical approaches and
methodologies, such as ethnography, psychology and textual analysis.
However, there has yet been any edited volume that adopts a corpus approach
to the analysis of courtroom discourse.

This volume aims to focus on an important aspect of language and law,
namely language and discourse in the courtroom from a corpus perspective,
whether corpus-driven, corpus-based, or corpus-informed. Such efforts will
not only provide first-hand corpus data and broaden the scope of applied
linguistics and language for professional communication research, but also
furnish us with a new approach to, and therefore fresh insights into, the
phenomenon in, as well as the nature of, law. The volume will appeal to
different groups of readers and researchers by showing the actionable
knowledge it could bring to research and practice in both applied
linguistics and law, and will epitomize the interdisciplinary nature of law
and courtroom discourse studies.


Cheng, L., & Cheng, W. (2010). Language modeling for legal proof. In X. G.
Jin, Y. G. Liu, T. R. Li, & D. Ruan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE
International Conference on Intelligent Systems and Knowledge Engineering
(ISKE2010), (pp. 533-537), Hangzhou, China, 15-16 November 2010. Beijing,
China: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Cheng, L., & Sha, L. (forthcoming). Forensic linguistics in China. In Rint
Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Yueguo Gu, Zev Handel and C.-T. James Huang (Eds.),
Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill.

Conley, J. M., & O’Barr, W. M. (1998). Just words: Law, language and power
(2nd ed. 2005). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Coulthard, M., & Johnson, A. (2007). An introduction to forensic
linguistics. London: Routledge.

Gibbons, J. (2003). Forensic linguistics: An introduction to language in
the justice system. Oxford: Blackwell.

Kniffka, H. (2007). Working in language and law. A German perspective.
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kniffka, H., Blackwell, S., & Coulthard, M. (1996). Recent developments in
forensic linguistics. Bern, Frankfurt, New York: Peter Lang.

Kredens, K., & Gozdz-Roszkowski, S. (2007). Language and the law:
International outlooks. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New
York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang.

Levi, J. N. (1994). Language and law: A bibliographic guide to social
science research in the U.S.A. Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association.

McMenamin, G. R. (2002). Forensic linguistics: Advances in forensic
stylistics. Florida: CRC Press.

Olsson, J. (2004). Forensic linguistics: An introduction to language, crime
and the law. London and New York: Continuum.

Schane, S. (2006). Language and the law. New York: Continuum.

Svartvik, J. (1968). The Evans Statements: A case for forensic linguistics.
Gothenburg: U of Gothenburg Press.

Turell, M. T. (2008). Malcolm Coulthard and Alison Johnson 2007: An
introduction to forensic linguistics: Language in evidence. ATLANTIS,
30(2), 155-160.

Wagner, A., & Cheng, L. (2011). Exploring courtroom discourse: The language
of power and control. Surrey: Ashgate.

Important Dates

Abstract deadline: 28 Feb, 2011
Notification of acceptance: 31 March, 2011
Draft deadline: 31 May, 2011
Final version deadline: 31 July, 2011

Correspondence should be made via email to both Winnie Cheng
(egwchengpolyu.edu.hk) and Le Cheng (chengle163hotmail.com).

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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