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Journal Title: International Journal of Speech, Language & the Law
Volume/Issue:   19/1
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: Articles

‘Tough questioning’ as enactment of ideology in judicial conduct: Marriage law
appeals in seven US courts
Karen Tracy and Russell M. Parks

Attribution and judicial control in Chinese court judgments: A corpus-based study
Le Cheng

The tell-tale accent: Identification of regionally marked speech in German
telephone conversations by forensic phoneticians
Olaf Köster, Roland Kehrein, Karen Masthoff and Yasmin Hadj Boubaker

Language rights in the minimum guarantees of fair criminal trial
Catherine S. Namakula

Commentaries/Responses

Clarification of the issues in language analysis: A rejoinder to Fraser and Verrips
Tina Cambier-Langeveld

Thesis Abstracts

Language in the courtroom: A comparative study of American and Romanian criminal
trials
Marcela Alina Fărcaşiu

An applied genre analysis of civil judgments: The case of Mainland China
Zhengrui Han

The influence of NATURE and NUTURE on speaker-specific parameters in twins’
speech: Acoustics, articulation and perception
Melanie Weirich

Book Reviews

The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law, Peter Tiersma and Lawrence Solan (eds),
2012, Oxford University Press, 642 pages
Chris Heffer

Storied Conflict Talk: Narrative Construction in Mediation, Katherine A. Stewart
and Madeline M. Maxwell, 2010, John Benjamins, 137 pages
Vijay K. Bhatia

The Language of Statutes: Laws and their Interpretation, Lawrence M. Solan,
2010, The University of Chicago Press, 288 pages
Peter R.A. Gray


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Philip Gaines
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Phonetics
Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Forensic Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
English
German
Romanian
 
LL Issue: 23.2830