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Courtroom Discourse in China  

Meizhen Liao

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines courtroom discourse in China in terms of its three components: the contextual, the interactional, and the propositional. After briefly introducing the Chinese legal ... More

Courtroom Discourse in Japan's New Judicial Order  

Mami Hiraike Okawara

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
The implementation of the saiban-in (lay judge) system in 2009 has opened the way, not only to lay participation, but also to some participation by linguists in Japanese courtrooms. This ... More

Investigating the Language Situation in Africa  

Tunde Olusola Opeibi

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
The situation in most parts of Africa supports scholars' argument that for any group of people to share a sense of common identity, a certain minimum level of communication between them ... More

The Language of Criminal Trials in an Inquisitorial System: The Case of the Netherlands  

Martha L. Komter and Marijke Malsch

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Mar 2012
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Nov 2012
This article discusses the role of language in inquisitorial systems, also known as civil law systems. It focuses on the highly professionalized inquisitorial criminal justice system in ... More

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