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Susan Ehrlich, Representing rape: Language and sexual consent. London & New York: Routledge, 2001. Pp. ix, 174. Pb $26.95.

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In Representing rape, Ehrlich provides a detailed linguistic account of a sexual assault trial. The data for this study come from two sources: a university tribunal and a criminal trial in which complaints were brought against a single man, pseudonym Matt, on behalf of two women. While focusing in each chapter on particular linguistic details, Ehrlich traces their use across several contexts within the legal proceedings – direct testimony, cross-examination and the delivery of judgments. In doing so, the author shows how the details of language use feed into larger frameworks of meaning and legal practice.

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Language in Society
  • ISSN: 0047-4045
  • EISSN: 1469-8013
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