Books: The Language of Defendants in the 17th-Century English Courtroom: Cecconi
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Date: 20-Apr-2012 From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com> Subject: The Language of Defendants in the 17th-Century English Courtroom: Cecconi E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Language of Defendants in the 17th-Century English Courtroom
Subtitle: A Socio-Pragmatic Analysis of the Prisoners' Interactional Role and
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Elisabetta Cecconi
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311106 Pages: 238 Price: U.S. $ 73.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311106 Pages: 238 Price: U.K. £ 47.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034311106 Pages: 238 Price: Europe EURO 52.30 Comment: for Germany EURO 56.00, for Austria EURO 57.50 (incl. VAT)
This volume analyses the defence system in the 17th-Century English courtroom and sees how defendants attempted to construct their discourse identity and articulate their defence in the arraignment section and in the evidence phase of the trial. Drawing upon theories from socio-pragmatics and (critical) discourse analysis the book investigates the complex face-work dynamics operating between defendants and professionals/witnesses, the main defence strategies adopted in the evidence phase and - at the author- readership discourse level - the way in which Royalist defendants were represented in Royalist accounts in the turbulent years of the Civil War. The author draws on a rich variety of trial texts: from high treason to religious subversion, from murder to felony and misdemeanour. In each case the defendant's discourse behaviour is scrutinised in relation to historical, socio- cultural and institutional variables.
In its double focus on the defendants' interactional role in the trial and their representation in Royalist accounts, the book offers a valuable reading for historical courtroom linguists, legal historians and researchers in the field of language, ideology and political propaganda in the early modern period.