The Language of Jury Trial

A Corpus-Aided Analysis of Legal-Lay Discourse

  • Chris Heffer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Communication in Jury Trial

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 65-91
  3. Witness Examination

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      Pages 93-93
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      Pages 126-153
  4. The Judge’s Summing-up

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      Pages 155-155
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 220-253

About this book


Drawing on representative corpora of transcripts from over 100 English criminal jury trials, this stimulating new book explores the nature of 'legal-lay discourse', or the language used by legal professionals before lay juries. Careful analyses of genres such as witness examination and the judge's summing-up reveal a strategic tension between a desire to persuade the jury and the need to conform to legal constraints. The book also suggests ways of managing this tension linguistically to help, not hinder, the jury.


communication discourse drawing English genre jury knowledge language nature subject

Authors and affiliations

  • Chris Heffer
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Language and Communication ResearchCardiff UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Language & Linguistics Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-52137-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-50288-8
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