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Evaluative stancetaking in courtroom opening statements

Title
Evaluative stancetaking in courtroom opening statements
Author
Krisda Chaemsaithong
Keywords
courtroom discourse; evaluation; opening statement; stance; positioning
Issue Date
2017-04
Publisher
WALTER DE GRUYTER GMBH
Citation
FOLIA LINGUISTICA, v. 51, no. 1, page. 103-132
Abstract
Drawing upon a corpus of five high-profile contemporary Anglo-American trials, this study explores and elucidates, qualitatively and quantitatively, the process of evaluative stancetaking in courtroom opening statements. In particular, the study examines such stance resources as self-mention, hedges, boosters, and attitude markers. The findings reveal that evaluative stance expressions constitute an integral part of the opening statements of both the prosecution and defense lawyers, exhibiting similar frequency patterns. Of these resources, devices that signal commitment or lack thereof (i.e., boosters and hedges) appear to occur frequently and outnumber explicit attitude markers, which occur least frequently. It is through these devices that lawyers are able to subtly bypass the legal constraints that prohibit explicit display of personal opinions and comments on the evidence.
URI
https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/flin.2017.51.issue-1/flin-2017-0003/flin-2017-0003.xmlhttps://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/113764
ISSN
0165-4004; 1614-7308
DOI
10.1515/flin-2017-0003
Appears in Collections:
COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES[S](인문과학대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE(영어영문학과) > Articles
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