Language and Legal Proceedings

Analysing Courtroom Discourse in Cameroon

Authors: Dissake, Endurence Midinette Koumassol

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  • Applies forensic linguistics methods and theories to an African context, previously under-examined in the literatureInterrogates the concept of the illocutionary act in light of courtroom discourse in CameroonDraws on 37 transcripts of genuine court cases in the Courts of First Instance of Buea, Bafoussam, and Ngaoundéré

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This book investigates language-related problems which arise in courtroom discourse in the Republic of Cameroon, in Central Africa. While Cameroon has over 250 national languages, court cases are conducted in the two official languages: English and French. This is despite the fact that 40% of the adult population is illiterate in these languages, and means that lay litigants often encounter language-related problems during trials. In this study, the author makes use of Speech Act Theory and Interactional Sociolinguistics to analyse the speech acts of both legal professionals and lay litigants as observed in 37 legal cases, demonstrating how the use of exoglossic languages in a highly multilingual nation constitutes a serious issue. The book will be of interest to students and scholars of Forensic Linguistics, Language Policy and Planning, and Discourse Analysis, particularly those with an interest in the African context.


About the authors

Endurence Midinette Koumassol Dissake is an independent researcher based in Buea, Cameroon. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Buea, Cameroon, and during her studies she was granted a six-month research stay at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany, sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She has published a number of research articles on courtroom discourse analysis. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Language and Legal Proceedings
Book Subtitle
Analysing Courtroom Discourse in Cameroon
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76349-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-76349-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76348-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 120
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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