It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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The Language of Defendants in the 17th-Century English Courtroom
A Socio-Pragmatic Analysis of the Prisoners' Interactional Role and Representation
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.