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Analysing Legal Transcripts: Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Transcripts from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

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This case study demonstrates the benefits of cognitive linguistic methods in the analysis of legal transcripts, in particular, the applications of discourse space theory, a recent cognitive linguistic theory developed by Professor Paul Chilton. Using text from a case tried before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, these methods show us that there is more to be analysed in these transcripts than questions of law – linguistic methods can tell us more about the frames of mind of those testifying in court, which in turn reveals much about communities struggling to renew after ethnic conflict.

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