Discourse Analysis and Courtroom Interaction

Wodak, Ruth (1980) Discourse Analysis and Courtroom Interaction. Discourse Processes, 3 (4). pp. 369-380. ISSN 0163-853X

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The discourse of defendants in courtroom proceedings was examined by means of tape recordings from Viennese trials. A method for systematic study is expounded and applied. It emerges that discourse is a major determinant in the outcome of a trial, because it heavily controls the role projection defendants can attain: social class, income, respectability, responsibility, and believability. A skillfully and fluently presented testimony may be believed, irrespective of the facts of the case. Specific discourse features are correlated with “socio-psychological styles” in defendants* interaction with the judge.

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Discourse Processes
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