|tIntroduction: language, power and control in courtroom discourse /|rAnne Wagner and Le Cheng --|tUnderstanding courtroom communication through cultural scripts /|rKim McCaul --|tWitnesses on trial: address and referring terms in U.S. cases /|rSarah Dettenwanger --|t(False) confessions become compelling at trial /|rGillian Grebler --|tThe role of metadiscourse in counsels' questions /|rSilvia Cavalieri --|tConstructing legal narratives: client-lawyer's stories /|rFlora Di Donato --|tMagical images in law /|rChristine A. Corcos --|tThe construction of admissions of fault through American rules of evidence: speech, silence, and significance in the legal creation of liability /|rJanet Ainsworth --|tThe construction of truth in legal decision-making /|rPetrina Schiavi --|tHidden penalties faced by non-English speakers in the UK criminal justice system: an interpreting perspective /|rRoxana Rycroft --|tLanguage alternation in Kenyan and Malaysian courts /|rRichard Powell and Maya Khemlani David --|tPlace of arbitration in online proceedings as a simulacrum /|rJoanna Jemielniak.
This volume presents a combination of practical, empirical research data and theoretical reflection to provide a comparative view of language and discourse in the courtroom. The work explores how the various disciplines of law and linguistics can help us understand the nature of 'Power and Control' - both oral and written - and how it might be clarified to unravel linguistic representation of legal reality. It presents and examines the most recent research and theories at national and international level. This book represents a valuable contribution to the study and analysis of courtroom discourse and courtroom cultures more generally. It will be of interest to students and researchers working in the areas of language and law, legal theory, and interpretation, and semiotics of law.