Séjour de conférencière invitée

du 01 avril au 10 avril 2019

Alison Johnson https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/english/staff/77/dr-alison-johnson  est spécialiste en linguistique forensique et analyse de discours. Elle va intervenir dans le cadre du séminaire de linguistique et elle va assurer des cours pour les étudiants de Master et de Licence :


  • Whose voice is it anyway? The positions of researchers and legal stakeholders in legal-linguistic research and engagement (séminaire de linguistique, STL - vendredi 5/4, 14h, salle B1.661)

Taking three case studies (CS), this paper identifies the contrasting and sometimes conflicting positions that researcher and expert inhabit alongside the legal and lay participants, tracing the ethical issues that arise and the questions raised for the various stakeholders. CS1 discusses police interview records with suspects, considering them as multimodal events that are monomodally represented and demonstrating what is currently lost in the record-making process. CSs 2 and 3 focus on my work as a forensic linguistic consultant, first in an appeal by an asylum seeker, and second in a blackmail case that focuses on the authorship of blackmail letters. The paper asks us to think about how a range of voices are articulated, performed, represented, privileged, silenced, merged, and manipulated in the legal process. Since advocacy itself is at the heart of the legal system, it also asks us to think about whose voice is actually heard in the legal system, in academia, and in society at large, building on ideas of voice and discursive practice from the work of Bakhtin, Bauman, Hymes and others.


  • Impoliteness in the courtroom as a strategy for undermining the witness. The case of the David Irving libel trial (séminaire de Mastermardi 2 avril, 15h30-18h30, salle A3.619)
  • Rape, Murder, Blackmail. All in a day's work  (cours en Licence mercredi 3 avril, 13-15h, salle B3.205)
  • Examination and cross-examination in the contemporary criminal trial  (séminaire de Master, jeudi 4/4, 14h-17h, salle B1.661)

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