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Jury Trials and the Popularization of Legal Language

A Discourse Analytical Approach

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Patrizia Anesa

This book explores the techniques and discursive strategies that are typical of the communicative interactions between professionals and laymen in a jury trial. It also investigates the complex relationship that emerges between written and oral communication in different phases of the trial. The analysis takes into account the many nuances that define these dynamics and the various possibilities that the jurors have to intervene in the process, particularly in the light of recent procedural developments. Special attention is devoted to the observation of the specific strategies adopted to illustrate legal ideas and concepts to the jurors according to the speakers’ various communicative purposes. By adopting a discourse analytical perspective which combines both qualitative and quantitative approaches, the book highlights the hybridity of the language used in court and the combination of different styles and registers.

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Contents Acknowledgements .............................................................................. 7 1. Introduction .................................................................................... 13 2. Legal language ................................................................................ 19 2.1 Law and language ..................................................................... 19 2.1.1 Legal vs ordinary language ............................................. 20 2.1.2 Defining legal language ................................................... 22 2.1.3 Institutionalization, authorization and appropriation ....... 25 2.2 Towards a taxonomy of legal language? .................................. 27 2.2.1 Suggested categorizations ............................................... 27 2.2.2 The complexity of legal language categories .................. 29 2.2.3 Interdiscursivity ............................................................... 35 2.3 Researching law and language ................................................. 38 2.3.1 Defining the field ............................................................. 38 2.3.2 Research perspectives ...................................................... 40 2.3.3 Exploring courtroom language ........................................ 42 2.3.4 Describing the language of the law ................................. 44 3. Research framework ....................................................................... 51 3.1 Research interest and rationale ................................................. 51 3.2 Material and data ...................................................................... 52 3.3 Theoretical background ............................................................ 55 3.3.1 The notion of discourse ................................................... 55 3.3.2 Analyzing discourse ........................................................ 58 3.3.3 The notion of context ...................................................... 62 3.4 Methodological framework ...................................................... 67 3.4.1 Discourse analytical approach ......................................... 69 3.4.2 Critical Discourse Analysis ............................................. 71 3.4.3 Computer-assisted analysis ............................................. 77 3.4.4 Methodological concluding remarks ............................... 80 10 4. Communication processes in jury trials .......................................... 83 4.1 The legal system ....................................................................... 83 4.2 The jury system ........................................................................ 85 4.2.1 Jury trials: criticism ............................................................... 87 4.3 The procedure ........................................................................... 93 4.4 The communicative complexity of a jury trial ......................... 98 4.4.1 Emerging asymmetries .................................................... 98 4.5 Narrative structures of a jury trial .......................................... 101 4.5.1 Story framing and construction ..................................... 103 4.5.2 Narrativism .................................................................... 105 4.5.3 Competing stories .......................................................... 108 4.6 The hybridity of courtroom language ..................................... 109 5. Analysis ........................................................................................ 113 5.1The Westerfield jury trial .................................................... 113 5.1.1 The case ......................................................................... 113 5.1.2 The trial ......................................................................... 115 5.2 Jury selection: who will be the audience? .............................. 117 5.3 Jury instruction: what should the audience do? ...................... 118 5.3.1 Jury instruction as a multi-phase ................................... 121...

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