Legal-Lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law

Paperback | August 27, 2013

EditorChris Heffer, Frances Rock, John Conley

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This volume responds to a growing interest in the language of legal settings by situating the study of language and law within contemporary theoretical debates in discourse studies, linguistic anthropology, and sociolinguistics. The chapters in the collection explore many of the commonoccasions when those acting on behalf of the legal system, such as the police, lawyers and judges, interact with those coming into contact with the legal system, such as suspects and witnesses. However the chapters do this work through the conceptual lens of "textual travel", or the way that textsmove across space and time and are transformed along the way. Collectively, notions of textual travel shed new light on the ways in which texts can influence, and are influenced by, social and legal life. With contributions from leading experts in language and law, Legal-Lay Communication explores such "textual travel" themes as the mediating role of technologies in the investigatory stages of the legal process, the centrality of intertextuality in the legal construction of cases in court, thetransformative effects of recontextualization in processes of judicial decision-making, and the way that processes of textual travel disturb the apparent permanence of legal categorization. The book challenges both the notion of legal text as a static repository of meaning and the very idea oflegal-lay or lay-legal communication.

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This volume responds to a growing interest in the language of legal settings by situating the study of language and law within contemporary theoretical debates in discourse studies, linguistic anthropology, and sociolinguistics. The chapters in the collection explore many of the commonoccasions when those acting on behalf of the legal ...

Chris Heffer is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at Cardiff University, Wales, and the author of The Language of Jury Trial. Frances Rock is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University and the author of Communicating Rights: The Language of Arrest and Detention. She is one of the editors of the International Journal of Spee...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:August 27, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. INTRODUCTION1. Frances Rock, Chris Heffer and John Conley: Textual Travel in Legal-Lay CommunicationII. POLICE INVESTIGATION AS TEXTUAL MEDIATION2. Mark Garner and Edward Johnson: The Transformation of Discourse in Emergency Calls to the Police3. Georgina Heydon: From Legislation to the Courts: Providing Safe Passage for Legal Texts through the Challenges of a Police Interview4. Frances Rock: 'Every Link in the Chain': The Police Interview as Textual IntersectioIII. THE LEGAL CASE AS INTERTEXTUAL CONSTRUCTION5. Katrijn Maryns: Theatrics in the Courtroom: The Intertextual Construction of Legal Cases6. Martha Komter: Talk and Text in the Criminal Law Process7. Alison Johnson: Embedding Police Interviews in the Prosecution Case in the Shipman Trial8. Dawn Archer: Tracing the Crime Narratives within the Palmer Trial (1856): From the Lawyer's Opening Speeches to the Judge's Summing UpIV. JUDICIAL DISCOURSE AS LEGAL RECONTEXTUALIZATION9. Susan Ehrlich: Post-Penetration Rape and the Decontextualization of Witness Testimony10. Chris Heffer: Communication and Magic: Authorized Voice, Legal-Linguistic Habitus and the Recontextualization of "Beyond Reasonable Doubt"11. Karen Tracy and Erica Delgadillo: Troubling the Legal-Lay Distinction: Litigant Briefs, Oral Argument, and a Public Hearing about Same-Sex MarriageV. CROSSING CULTURAL AND IDEOLOGICAL CATEGORIES IN LAY-LEGAL COMMUNICATION12. John Conley, Jean Cadigan, Arlene Davis, Allison Dobson,Erin Edwards, Wendell Fortson and Robert Mitchell: The Discourse of DNA: Giving Informed Consent to Genetic Research13. Bethan Davies: Travelling Texts: The Legal-Lay Interface in The Highway Code14. Shonna Trinch: The Journey Beyond Legitimacy: Moving Forward from What We Know about RapeVI. CONCLUSION15. John Conley, Chris Heffer, Frances Rock: Travelled Texts