ERIC Number: ED126736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-6
Reference Count: 0
Communicative Competence in American Trial Courtrooms.
Johnson, Bruce C.
Gumperz and Hymes have stated the theoretical goal of one type of sociolinguistic investigation as the characterization of communicative competence, "what a speaker needs to know to communicate effectively in culturally significant settings." This knowledge is seen as describable by a set of rules constraining verbal behavior in reference to social context. The trial courtroom is a setting of considerable cultural significance in America. This paper is a discussion of some of the types of rules required to account for communicative competence in a trial setting. The discussion makes use of Hymes' (1972) descriptive framework. Previous linguistic and sociolinguistic studies relevant to the topic are also reviewed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (14th, Atlanta, Georgia, November 6-7, 1975)