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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The Language of Defendants in the 17th-Century English Courtroom
Subtitle: A Socio-Pragmatic Analysis of the Prisoners' Interactional Role and Representation
Written By: Elisabetta Cecconi

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.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Forensic Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034311106
Pages: 238
Prices: U.K. £ 47.00
U.S. $ 73.95
Europe EURO 52.30