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Title

THE ROLE OF FORENSIC LINGUISTS IN COURTROOM CROSS-EXAMINATIONS

Authors

SANNI Oluwole Oluwatobi, Department of English OAU, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12(2) 2016, pp. 1-12

Language

English


Abstract:

Forensic linguists are trained experts who proffer solutions to knotty issues involving language and the law. This paper examines the legal process of courtroom cross-examination which is believed by literature to be hostile and uncooperative since it is usually face-threatening. The study notes that some indices like age, social status, educational qualifications etc. are criteria that determine politeness in the Nigerian courtroom cross-examinations and concludes that forensic linguists need to be actively involved in courtroom discourse to ensure that judgments are not only dispensed but that justice is also carried out.

 

 

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