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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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PATRIZIA ANESA holds a PhD in English Studies from the University of Verona. She is a member of the Research Centre on Specialized Discourse (CERLIS) at the University of Bergamo, and teaches English Language and Translation at the same university. Her research interests lie mostly in the area of specialized discourse, with particular reference to legal language and courtroom communication. She also cooperates with a number of international organizations and institutions as a consultant in the field of Discourse, Conversation and Frame Analysis.

ISMAEL ARINAS PELLÓN lectures in English and Spanish for specific purposes at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. He has also developed online Business English courses for CEPADE (the online branch of UPM) and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain. His research interests include the use of corpora as learning tools by students, the analysis of multidisciplinary genres such as patents, and the linguistic mechanisms used to communicate innovation. He is currently involved in the development of an ontology based on the prototypical phraseology of the US patent genre.

VIJAY K. BHATIA has recently retired as Professor from the City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include applied Genre Analysis of professional discourse, including legal, business, newspaper, and advertising genres; ESP and Professional Communication (Theory and Practice); simplification of legal and other public documents; cross-cultural and disciplinary variation in professional discourses. He has widely published in international journals. His work on genre analysis includes...

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