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Dueling Discourses: The Construction of Reality in Closing Arguments

Laura Felton Rosulek


This book describes qualitative and quantitative analyses of the linguistic and discursive forms that opposing lawyers utilize during the closing arguments of criminal trials in order to construct contrasting representations of the same realities. The insights and methodologies of critical discourse analysis and systemic functional linguistics are applied to a corpus of arguments from seventeen trials, and the patterns that emerge are then compared to the arguments from a case that took place in vastly different circumstances, including ethnographic data, professional development materials for ... More

Keywords: critical discourse analysis, systemic functional linguistics, closing arguments, silence, de-emphasis, emphasis, persuasion, courtroom discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199337613
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337613.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Felton Rosulek, author
University of Montana