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Author Felton Rosulek, Laura, author.

Title Dueling discourses : the construction of reality in closing arguments / Laura Felton Rosulek.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents The theoretical framework -- The defendants -- The victims -- The jurors -- The lawyers -- The big picture.
Summary "Dueling Discourses offers qualitative and quantitative analyses of the linguistic and discursive forms utilized by opposing lawyers in their closing arguments during criminal trials. Laura Felton Rosulek analyzes how these arguments construct contrasting representations of the same realities, applying the insights and methodologies of critical discourse analysis and systemic functional linguistics to a corpus of arguments from seventeen trials. Her analysis suggests that silencing (omitting relevant information), de-emphasizing (giving information comparatively less attention and focus), and emphasizing (giving information comparatively more attention and focus) are the key communicative devices that lawyers rely on to create their summations. Through these processes, lawyers' lexical, syntactic, thematic, and discursive patterns, both within individual narratives and across whole arguments, function together to create versions of reality that reflect each individual lawyer's goals and biases."--Book jacket and publisher's website.
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Subject Summation (Law) -- United States.
Forensic oratory.
Trial practice -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Felton Rosulek, Laura. Dueling discourses 9780199337613 (DLC) 2014018517 (OCoLC)879642544
ISBN 9780199337620 (electronic bk.)
0199337624 (electronic bk.)