Linguistic Accommodation: Perception of Malaysian Lawyers

David, Maya Khemlani; Gan, Kah Hui; David, Yoong; Singh, Balbir (2010) Linguistic Accommodation: Perception of Malaysian Lawyers. In: Proceedings of 2010 International Conference on Humanities, Historical and Social Sciences (CHHSS 2010), 26-28 February, 2010, Singapore. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Language Accommodation is “we adjust our communicational behavior to maintain integrity, distance or identity” (Giles and Coupland,1991:66). Do lawyers shift their discourse norms in order to obtain the information required from witnesses in a courtroom? In this study, 24 lawyers were interviewed to elicit the strategies and discourse norms used when questioning the elderly, minors, women and uneducated. The findings are discussed. This is part of a larger study where courtroom discourse is observed to determine if the perceptions of the lawyers are realized in authentic settings. Keywords: accommodation, courtroom, discourse

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication, Courts, Law--Language
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
    Depositing User: Mr Mohd Fazli Zainordin
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012 15:47
    Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 15:48
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3162

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