Linguistic Accommodation: Perception of Malaysian Lawyers

David, Maya Khemlani and Gan, Kah Hui and David, Yoong and 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 (Unpublished)


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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 07:47
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2013 07:48

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