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Title:The sociolinguistic construction of reality in the closing arguments of criminal trials
Author(s):Rosulek, Laura Felton
Director of Research:Bhatt, Rakesh M.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Bhatt, Rakesh M.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Kibbee, Douglas A.; Koven, Michele; Terkourafi, Marina
Department / Program:Linguistics
Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation
Ph.D.
Subject(s):Linguistics
Critical discourse analysis
Systemic functional linguistics
Linguistic anthropology
Closing arguments
Abstract:This dissertation is a critical analysis of the sociolinguistic choices lawyers make in the closing arguments of criminal trials to construct opposing representations of the same people and events. I analyzed the closing arguments of seventeen felony trials using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and the insights of Critical Discourse Analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics, and Linguistic Anthropology. Based on the results of four analyses, I argue that opposing lawyers use their linguistic and discursive choices contrastively to silence, background, and foreground different information.
Issue Date:2009
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/48993
Rights Information:Copyright 2009 Laura Felton Rosulek
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-05-06


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