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Communicating with silent addressees: Engagement features in legal opening statement

Title
Communicating with silent addressees: Engagement features in legal opening statement
Author
Chaemsaithong, Krisda
Keywords
Aside; Directive; Interpersonal; Opening statement; Pronouns; Question; Shared knowledge
Issue Date
2015-07
Publisher
PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Citation
LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION, v. 43, Page. 35-46
Abstract
This study presents an empirical study of explicit features of audience orientation, investigating how lawyers transform overhearing observers into active participants. Drawing upon a corpus of five high-profile American trials, the quantitative and qualitative analysis reveals the ways in which the lawyers establish solidarity and foster in-groupness through inclusive pronominal choices, and dialogically position the jurors through questions, directives, references to shared knowledge, and asides so as to negotiate agreement and secure consent. The findings reveal how perceptions of the audience influence discursive choices, thereby attesting to the centrality of relational work in legal communication. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
URI
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0271530915000439http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11754/26623
ISSN
0271-5309
DOI
10.1016/j.langcom.2015.04.004
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COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES[S](인문과학대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE(영어영문학과) > Articles
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