Calls: Law & Language: Explorations on Courtroom Discourse

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Law & Language: Explorations on Courtroom Discourse

Full Title: Law & Language: Explorations on Courtroom Discourse

Date: 15-Sep-2009 - 20-Sep-2009
Location: Beijing, China
Contact Person: Le Cheng
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Forensic Linguistics;

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2009

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims to focus on an important aspect of language and law,
namely, language and discourse in the courtroom. Courtroom language and
discourse provides a rich source of data for the jurisprudence, sociology,
linguistics and other related disciplines. There is a growing interest in
the theme 'courtroom discourse' in both the academic field and the legal
professionals. The appeal of this workshop will show the actionable
knowledge it could bring to this field of research and practice. The
workshop will reflect the interdisciplinary nature of law and discourse
study in courtroom.

- Le Cheng, City University of Hong Kong/China University of Political
Sciences and Law
- Anne Wagner, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale

Call for Papers

Please send an abstract (1000-4000 words) before 15 June, 2009

The themes include but are not limited to:
- Analysis of judge's language (e.g. judge's summation, judge's instruction)

- Lawyer's strategies and manipulation in court examinations
- Analysis of prosecution's language
- Linguistic evidence in courtroom
- Expert witness in courtroom
- Contrast between courtroom discourse and other types of discourse

- Deadline for Abstracts: before 15 June, 2009
- Date for Notification: 15 July, 2009
- Deadline for Full Papers (Optional): 15 July, 2009

All the abstracts and papers for the workshop will be published on the
congress website

Important Notice:

After the conference, extended papers based on the selected abstracts will
be sincerely considered for publication in our edited volume 'Explorations
on Courtroom Discourse'.

All submitted full papers will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

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