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Legal-lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law

ISBN : 9780199746835

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Author: 
Chris Heffer; Frances Rock; John Conley
Pages
352 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
178 x 234 mm
Pub date
Sep 2013
Series
Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics
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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 common occasions 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 texts move 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, the transformative 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 of legal-lay or lay-legal communication.

Index: 

I. INTRODUCTION
1. Textual Travel in Legal-Lay Communication
Frances Rock, Chris Heffer and John Conley
II. POLICE INVESTIGATION AS TEXTUAL MEDIATION
2. The Transformation of Discourse in Emergency Calls to the Police
Mark Garner and Edward Johnson
3. From Legislation to the Courts: Providing Safe Passage for Legal Texts through the Challenges of a Police Interview
Georgina Heydon
4. 'Every Link in the Chain': The Police Interview as Textual Intersection
Frances Rock
III. THE LEGAL CASE AS INTERTEXTUAL CONSTRUCTION
5. Theatrics in the Courtroom: The Intertextual Construction of Legal Cases
Katrijn Maryns
6. Talk and Text in the Criminal Law Process
Martha Komter
7. Embedding Police Interviews in the Prosecution Case in the Shipman Trial
Alison Johnson
8. Tracing the Crime Narratives within the Palmer Trial (1856): From the Lawyer's Opening Speeches to the Judge's Summing Up
Dawn Archer
IV. JUDICIAL DISCOURSE AS LEGAL RECONTEXTUALIZATION
9. Post-Penetration Rape and the Decontextualization of Witness Testimony
Susan Ehrlich
10. Communication and Magic: Authorized Voice, Legal-Linguistic Habitus and the Recontextualization of "Beyond Reasonable Doubt"
Chris Heffer
11. Troubling the Legal-Lay Distinction: Litigant Briefs, Oral Argument, and a Public Hearing about Same-Sex Marriage
Karen Tracy and Erica Delgadillo
V. CROSSING CULTURAL AND IDEOLOGICAL CATEGORIES IN LAY-LEGAL COMMUNICATION
12. The Discourse of DNA: Giving Informed Consent to Genetic Research
John Conley, Jean Cadigan, Arlene Davis, Allison Dobson,Erin Edwards, Wendell Fortson and Robert Mitchell
13. Travelling Texts: The Legal-Lay Interface in The Highway Code
Bethan Davies
14. The Journey Beyond Legitimacy: Moving Forward from What We Know about
Rape
Shonna Trinch
VI. CONCLUSION
15. Travelled Texts
John Conley, Chris Heffer, Frances Rock

About the author: 

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 Speech, Language and the Law. John Conley is William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the co-author of Just Words: Law, Language, and Power and co-editor of Polar: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review.

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