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Just words : law, language, and power

Author: John M Conley; William M O'Barr; Robin Conley Riner
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2019.
Series: Chicago series in law and society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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Is it 'just words' when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker? Is it 'just words' when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw up a contract? In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, Just Words focuses on what has become the central issue in law and language research: what language reveals  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John M Conley; William M O'Barr; Robin Conley Riner
ISBN: 9780226484228 022648422X 9780226484365 022648436X
OCLC Number: 1043054702
Description: xviii, 239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The politics of law and the science of talk --
The revictimization of rape victims --
The language of mediation --
Speaking of patriarchy --
A natural history of disputing --
The discourses of law in cross-cultural perspective --
Language ideology and the law --
Forensic linguistics --
Multimodal communication in the courtroom --
Language and race in the courtroom.
Series Title: Chicago series in law and society.
Responsibility: John M. Conley, William M. O'Barr, and Robin Conley Riner.

Abstract:

Is it 'just words' when a lawyer cross-examines a rape victim in the hopes of getting her to admit an interest in her attacker? Is it 'just words' when the Supreme Court hands down a decision or when business people draw up a contract? In tackling the question of how an abstract entity exerts concrete power, Just Words focuses on what has become the central issue in law and language research: what language reveals about the nature of legal power. [The authors] show how the microdynamics of the legal process and the largest questions of justice can be fruitfully explored through the field of linguistics. Each chapter covers a language-based approach to a different area of the law, from the cross-examinations of victims and witnesses to the inequities of divorce mediation. Combining analysis of common legal events with a broad range of scholarship on language and law, [this books] seeks the reality of power in the everyday practice and application of the law. As the only study of its type, the book is the definitive treatment of the topic and will be welcomed by students and specialists alike. This third edition brings this essential text up to date with new chapters on nonverbal, or 'multimodal, ' communication in legal settings and law, language, and race."--

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