A comparison of lexical bundles in spoken courtroom language across time, registers, and varieties

Randi Reppen, Meishan Chen

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Abstract

This chapter explores diachronic, register, and language varieties in courtroom language using three-word lexical bundles. Building on Culpeper and Kytö (2010), who described lexical bundles in Present Day English and Early Modern English trials, we explore the 1994 O. J. Simpson trial. Following Culpeper and Kytö, we identified the fifty most frequent bundles. After comparing bundles and functions to Culpeper and Kytö, we divided the O. J. Simpson trial into opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument. Results show the influence of situational similarities on the bundles that were found and also on the functions of the bundles. The results also show the importance of examining sub-registers that reflect important aspects of variation due to situational and functional goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCorpus-based Research on Variation in English Legal Discourse
EditorsTeresa Fanego, Paula Rodriguez-Puente
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages105-122
Number of pages18
Volume91
ISBN (Electronic)9789027202352
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • American English
  • British English
  • Lexical bundles
  • Spoken courtroom discourse
  • Sub-registers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Education
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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Reppen, R., & Chen, M. (2019). A comparison of lexical bundles in spoken courtroom language across time, registers, and varieties. In T. Fanego, & P. Rodriguez-Puente (Eds.), Corpus-based Research on Variation in English Legal Discourse (Vol. 91, pp. 105-122). John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/scl.91.05rep