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Title: A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent
Written By: Sol Azuelos-Atias
Series Title: Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 25

A Pragmatic Analysis of Legal Proofs of Criminal Intent is a detailed
investigation of proofs of criminal intent in Israeli courtrooms. The book
analyses linguistic, pragmatic, interpretative and argumentative strategies
used by Israeli lawyers and judges in order to examine the defendant’s
intention. There can be no doubt that this subject is worthy of a thorough
investigation. A person’'s intention is a psychological phenomenon and
therefore, unless the defendant chooses to confess his intent, it cannot be
proven directly -– either by evidence or by witnesses’ testimonies. The
defendant’'s intention must be inferred usually from the overall
circumstances of the case; verbal and situational contexts, cultural and
ideological assumptions and implicatures should be taken into account. The
linguistic analysis of these inferences presented here is necessarily
comprehensive: it requires consideration of a variety of theoretical
frameworks including speech act theory, discourse analysis, argumentation
theory, polyphony theory and text linguistics.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027227160
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 193
Prices: U.S. $ 134.00