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Language and Power in Court

A Linguistic Analysis of the O.J. Simpson Trial

  • Janet Cotterill
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Introduction

Sociolinguists and lawyers will find insight and relevance in this account of the language of the courtroom, as exemplified in the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson. The trial is examined as the site of linguistic power and persuasion, focusing on the role of language in (re)presenting and (re)constructing the crime. In addition to the trial transcripts, the book draws on Simpson's post-arrest interview, media reports and post-trial interviews with jurors. The result is a unique multi-dimensional insight into the 'Trial of the Century' from a linguistic and discursive perspective.

Keywords

chronology crime interaction interview knowledge language Linguistic Analysis linguistics media metaphor

Authors and affiliations

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

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