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Legal-Lay Communication: Textual Travels in the Law

Chris Heffer, Frances Rock, and John Conley


Legal-Lay Communication combines a range of perspectives on a key theme in language and law with a specific theoretical focus on how texts ‘travel’ through the legal process. The chapters in the book explore aspects of legal-lay communication, or those nodes of interaction where the legal world meets the everyday lifeworld. This may involve instances when people acting for the legal system, from police call-handlers to judges, interact with people encountering the legal process in a lay role, for example, as witnesses and suspects, though this transparent reading of "legal" and "l ... More

Keywords: Legal-lay communication, textual travel, entextualization, decontextualization, recontextualization, mediation, legal categorization, police interrogation, witness examination, judicial discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199746842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Heffer, editor
Cardiff University

Frances Rock, editor
Cardiff University

John Conley, editor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Chapter 1 Textual Travel in Legal–Lay Communication

Frances Rock, Chris Heffer, and Conley John

Part One Police Investigation as Textual Mediation

Part Two The Legal Case as Intertextual Construction

Part Three Judicial Discourse as Legal Recontextualization

Chapter 11 Troubling the Legal–Lay Distinction

Karen Tracy, and Erica L. Delgadillo

Part Four Crossing Cultural and Ideological Categories in Lay–Legal Communication

Chapter 12 The Discourse of DNA

John M. Conley, Jean R. Cadigan, Arlene M. Davis, Allison W. Dobson, Erin Edwards, Wendell Fortson, and Robert Mitchell

Chapter 13 Travelling Texts

Bethan L. Davies

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