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By Malcolm Coulthard, Alison Johnson, David Wright

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ISBN-13: 9781138641709

An advent to Forensic Linguistics: Language in facts has proven itself because the crucial textbook written through best gurus during this increasing box. the second one version of this bestselling textbook starts with a brand new advent and maintains in elements.

Part One offers with the language of the felony approach, and starts with a considerable new bankruptcy exploring key theoretical and methodological methods. In 4 up-to-date chapters it is going directly to hide the language of the legislation, preliminary calls to the emergency companies, police interviewing, and court docket discourse. half seems at language as facts, with considerably revised and up-to-date chapters at the following key topics:

  • the forensic linguist
  • forensic phonetics
  • authorship attribution
  • the linguistic research of plagiarism
  • the linguist as professional witness.

The authors mix an array of views on forensic linguistics, utilizing wisdom and adventure received in criminal settings – Coulthard in his paintings as a professional witness for situations corresponding to the Birmingham Six and the Derek Bentley attraction, and Johnson as a former police officer. learn projects, extra interpreting, internet hyperlinks, and a brand new end make sure that this is still the center textbook for classes in forensic linguistics and language and the legislation. A word list of key phrases can be on hand at and at the Routledge Language and conversation Portal.

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In the remainder of this chapter we will situate forensic linguistics within the discipline of linguistics more generally and show how other linguistic sub-disciplines inform forensic linguistic research. At the heart of linguistics are the basic building blocks of language, its sounds, words, grammar, meanings and functions: phonetics, phonology, lexis, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, which we use to describe what we see. There are many sub-fields of linguistics: sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse and conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis (CDA), and corpus linguistics, to name but a few.

Groups of speakers, such as lawyers, can be said to form a speech community (Gumperz 1968; Labov 1972b) or a community of practice (Lave and Wenger Approaches to language in legal settings╇ ╇ 15 1991), groups of professionals who are ‘characterized by regular and frequent interaction’ (Gumperz 1968: 114), who create knowledge and ‘participat[e] in a set of shared norms’ (Labov 1972b: 120–21) and practices. This means that within these communities ‘successive utterances are alike or partly alike’ (Bloomfield 1926: 153–54), resulting in the same kinds of questions being asked, for example, or prioritising particular legal-professional goals over social ones.

Grice’s cooperative principle (CP) (Grice 1975 in Jaworski and Coupland 2006) is a pragmatic principle, which presupposes that one’s conversational contribution should be ‘such as is required, at the stage at which it occurs, by the accepted purpose or direction of the talk exchange in which [one] is engaged’ (Grice 1975: 45). Clearly, the courtroom (and the police interview room) is a place where interaction is not always inherently cooperative, as Levinson (1992) points out, and may be deliberately 22╇╇Approaches to language in legal settings argumentative.

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