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By Laura Felton Rosulek

Dueling Discourses offers qualitative and quantitative analyses of the linguistic and discursive types used by opposing legal professionals of their ultimate arguments in the course of legal trials. Laura Felton Rosulek analyzes how those arguments build contrasting representations of an analogous realities, using the insights and methodologies of serious discourse research and systemic useful linguistics to a corpus of arguments from seventeen trials. Her research means that silencing (omitting correct information), de-emphasizing (giving info relatively much less realization and focus), and emphasizing (giving details relatively extra realization and concentration) are the most important communicative units that legal professionals depend upon to create their summations. via those approaches, legal professionals' lexical, syntactic, thematic, and discursive styles, either inside of person narratives and throughout complete arguments, functionality jointly to create models of fact that mirror every one person lawyer's objectives and biases.

The first particular research of final arguments, this publication will considerably enhance our realizing of court docket discourse. additionally, as prior examine on all genres of discourse has tested exclusion/inclusion and de-emphasis/emphasis as separate matters instead of as steps on a continuum, this e-book will improve the sphere of discourse research through setting up the ubiquity of those phenomena.

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