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Author Philips, Susan Urmston.

Title Ideology in the language of judges : how judges practice law, politics, and courtroom control / Susan U. Philips
Published New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1998


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Description xvii, 205 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Series Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics ; 17
Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics ; 17
Contents 1. Ideology in Discourse -- 2. The Myth of the Trial Court Judge as Nonideological -- 3. Intertextual Relations between Written and Spoken Genres of Law -- 4. Two Ideological Stances in Taking Guilty Pleas -- 5. Judges' Ideologies of Courtroom Control -- 6. Ideological Diversity in Legal Discourses -- App. A. Social Background Questionnaire -- App. B. Career History Interview -- App. C. Rule 17, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure: Pleas of Guilty and No Contest -- App. D. Plea Agreement -- App. E. Transcription Notations -- App. F. Four Changes of Plea / Guilty Plea Transcripts -- App. G. Refusal of Plea Agreement in Aborted Sentencing Transcript
Summary "A study that will appeal to any reader interested in the relationship between our language and our laws, 'Ideology in the Language of Judges' focuses on the way judges take guilty pleas from criminal defendants and on the judges' views of their own courtroom behaviour. This book argues that variation in the discourse structure of the guilty pleas can best be understood as enactments of the judges' differing interpretations of due process law and the proper role of the judge in the courtroom. Susan Philips demonstrates how legal and professional ideologies are expressed differently in interviews and socially occurring speech, and reveals how bounded written and spoken genres of legal discourse play a role in containing and ordering ideological diversity in language use. She also shows how the ideological struggles in a given courtroom are central yet largely hidden or denied. Such findings will contribute significantly to the study of how speakers create realities through their use of language."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-201) and index
Subject Judges -- United States.
Judicial process -- United States.
Law -- Political aspects.
Law -- Language.
LC no. 97048671
ISBN 0195113403
0195113411 (paperback)