Language in the Legal Process

  • Janet Cotterill

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. The Linguist in the Legal Process

  3. The Language of the Police and the Police Interview

  4. The Language of the Courtroom I: Lawyers and Witnesses

  5. The Language of the Courtroom II: Judges and Juries

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 275-276

About this book


Linguists and lawyers from a range of countries and legal systems explore the language of the law and its participants, beginning with the role of the forensic linguist in legal proceedings, either as expert witness or in legal language reform. Subsequent chapters analyze different aspects of language and interaction in the chain of events from a police emergency call through the police interview context and into the courtroom, as well as appeal court and alternative routes to justice. A broad-based, coherent introduction to the discourse of language and law.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Janet Cotterill
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Language and Communication ResearchCardiff UniversityUK

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