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Interpersonality in Legal Genres


Ruth Breeze, Maurizio Gotti and Carmen Sancho Guinda

Few concepts in Discourse Studies are so versatile and intricate and have been so frequently contested as interpersonality. This construct offers ample terrain for new research, since it can be viewed using a range of diverse theoretical frameworks, employing a variety of analytical tools and social perspectives.
Studies on the relationship between writer/reader and speaker/audience in the legal field are still scarce, dispersed, and limited to a narrow range of genres and a restricted notion of interpersonality, since they are most often confined to modality and the Gricean cooperative principles.
This volume is meant to help bridge this gap. Its chapters show the realisation and distribution of interpersonal features in specific legal genres. The aim is to achieve an expansion of the concept of interpersonality, which besides modality, Grice’s maxims and other traditionally interpersonal features, might comprise or relate to ideational and textual issues like narrative disclosure, typography, rhetorical variation, or Plain English, among others.
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Engagement in NTSB Decisions on Aviation Case Appeals


This chapter explores the singular interpersonal features of the legal decisions on aviation accidents and incidents issued by the National Transportation Safety Board of the United States of America (NTSB for short). Such distinctiveness instantiates the stylistic versatility of judgments noted by previous authors (see Mazzi, this volume) and is caused by two major factors that affect the status of the document and the degree and quality of the engagement between writer and reader, especially reader-considerateness: the function of the agency itself and the legal framework in which it operates.

1. Contextualizing the genre

1.1. Pedagogical and scholarly contexts

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