Modiwl SXL-3026:
Forensic Linguistics in Court

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Law

10 Credyd neu 5 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr John Olsson

Amcanion cyffredinol

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.

Cynnwys cwrs

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.

Meini Prawf

ardderchog

Needs to display a 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 evaluate contributions of courtroom participants, research inventively and originally into these questions and be able to apply research knowledge to the task. An ability to evaluate scholarship in the field, in addition to showing a conceptual understanding of the field.

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In addition to the above, needs to display an understanding of linguistic structures and their place within a system of communication with an awareness of current research trends in communication science generally and courtroom communication in particular. Ability to think about courtroom interaction and 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.

trothwy

Displays ability to understand, within the context of having a specialised knowledge, the basics of discourse and pragmatics, and an 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 the scholarship in the field.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of how juries receive and understand communications from the different participants, viz, lawyers, witnesses, judges.

  2. Understand and analyse and evaluate the role of linguistic analysis in understanding court room procedures.

  3. Understand and 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.

  4. Analyse and evaluate how lay people react to language in the courtroom.

  5. Develop an understanding of the principles of discourse and pragmatics with examples from courtroom interaction. Gain knowledge of language in courtroom procedures.

  6. Gain knowledge of how lawyers are able to exploit language for particular communicative effects.

  7. Show an understanding of courtroom narrative.

  8. Develop an understanding of language and power in the courtroom.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
Written assignment 100

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Oriau
Seminar

Seminars – one two-hour seminar weekly over 11 weeks

22
Private study 78

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • 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.

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • Develop the ability to interpret legal rules and employ techniques of legal reasoning competently and efficiently in order to offer a range of solutions and conclusions to actual or hypothetical complex legal problems, all supported by relevant academic literature, jurisprudence and legislative research. Such solutions will be clearly communicated and presented
  • Develop the ability to analyse complex legal issues, set against the background of the political, social, economic or cultural contexts in which they may arise
  • Develop those skills which are necessary for scholarship and research in legal subjects, namely the ability to identify relevant primary and secondary legal sources and to retrieve accurate legal information using paper and electronic sources

Adnoddau

Rhestr ddarllen

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.

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