Language and Power in Court: A Linguistic Analysis of the O.J. Simpson Trial

Hardcover | October 14, 2003

byJ. Cotterill

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Sociolinguists and lawyers will find insight and relevance in this account of the language of the courtroom, as exemplified in the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson. The trial is examined as the site of linguistic power and persuasion, focusing on the role of language in (re)presenting and (re)constructing the crime. In addition to the trial transcripts, the book draws on Simpson's post-arrest interview, media reports and post-trial interviews with jurors.

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Sociolinguists and lawyers will find insight and relevance in this account of the language of the courtroom, as exemplified in the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson. The trial is examined as the site of linguistic power and persuasion, focusing on the role of language in (re)presenting and (re)constructing the crime. In addition to the tr...

Janet Cotterill is with the Centre for Language and Communication, Cardiff University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 14, 2003Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333969014

ISBN - 13:9780333969014

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * List of Figures and Tables * Introduction * A Crime Chronology: The Murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman * Trial by Jury: Legal Frameworks and Linguistics Consequences * Macro Micro and Multiple Narratives: Storytelling in Court * Framing Courtroom Narratives Through Strategic Lexicalisation: The Opening Statements * Interaction in the Criminal Trial: Participants and Processes, Roles and Relationships * Direct and Cross-examination: Questions and Answers in Court * Mind the Gap: Negotiating Power, Knowledge and Status in Expert Witness Testimony * 'It it doesn't fit, you must acquit': Reframing the Story through Metaphorical Choice in the Closing Arguments * Judging the Jury: The Deliberation, the Verdict and the Aftermath * References * Index