Forensic Linguistics in Court
Rhedir gan School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr John Olsson
This module focuses on established principles and theories of Linguistics as they apply to discourse which occurs in the court room, the use of forensic linguistics as an expertise, and the analysis of the different types of language which take place in the court room. The aim is to make law and criminology students aware of what is happening at the linguistic level.
The language of examination and cross-examination; the language of judge-lawyer communications; the language of judicial summaries; the language of voir dire; the language of expert witnesses; the language of opening and closing speeches to the jury.
Displays ability to understand, within the context of having a specialised knowledge, the basics of discourse and pragmatics, and a critical awareness of the different types of courtroom communication. Ability to research and apply research knowledge to the task showing a developed understanding of the techniques used in courtroom discourse and an ability to understand and evaluate to a critical level the scholarship in the field.
Needs to display a thorough mastery of the specialised field of linguistic questions in relation to courtroom discourse and pragmatics to a level of having a systematic and structured knowledge of techniques, methodology and ways of appraising courtroom discourse techniques. Must be able to critically evaluate contributions of courtroom participants, research inventively and originally into these questions and be able to apply research knowledge critically to the task. An ability to critically evaluate advanced scholarship in the field, in addition to showing a comprehensive conceptual understanding.
In addition to the above, needs to display an accomplished understanding of linguistic structures and their place within a system of communication with a critical awareness of current research trends in communication science generally and courtroom communication in particular. Ability to think critically about courtroom interaction and critically apply research knowledge to the task as well as being able to show comprehensive conceptual understanding of the scholarship in the field in addition to being able to evaluate it critically. https://apps.bangor.ac.uk/pip_module/assessment_criteria/SXL-4026/#assessment-criteria-2
Develop a sophisticated level of understanding and critically analyse key concepts in court room language as used by the different parties and interest groups in achieving their communicative goals, e.g prosecutor cross-examination v defence cross-examination, etc.
Show a critical understanding of courtroom narrative.
Gain an in-depth knowledge of how lawyers are able to exploit language for particular communicative effects.
Critically analyse and evaluate the role of linguistic analysis in understanding court room procedures.
Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of how juries receive and understand communications from the different participants, viz, lawyers, witnesses, judges.
Critically analyse and evaluate how lay people react to language in the courtroom.
Develop a sophisticated understanding of the principles of discourse and pragmatics with examples from courtroom interaction.
Gain a systematic knowledge of language in courtroom procedures.
Develop a structured, critical understanding of language and power in the courtroom.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Seminars – one two-hour seminar weekly over 11 weeks
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
Coulthard, M. and A. Johnson. 2007. Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence. London: Routledge. Grant, T. 2013. TXT 4N6: Method, Consistency, and Distinctiveness In the Analysis of SMS Text Messages, 21 J. L. & Policy, Pp. 467-494. Olsson, J. 2004. Forensic Linguistics: An introduction to language, crime and the law. London: Continuum.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Opsiynol mewn cyrsiau:
- Q100: BA Linguistics year 3 (BA/LING)
- Q104: BA Linguistics (with International Experience)) year 4 (BA/LINGIE)
- Q101: MArts Linguistics year 3 (MARTS/LING)