Legal Discourse: Analysis of Education and Criminal Convictions in Iranian Courts
Keywords:Forensic Linguistic, Cooperative Principle, Speech Act, Education, Criminal Conviction.
This article assesses the role of education in criminal convictions by examining how incriminated cases violate maxim of quantity in relation to different speech acts which are used by interrogators in Iranian law courts. In this study we investigate this relationship by more than 20 incriminated cases (half of the cases educated and half of them non-educated). This research is based primarily on documents from judiciary written files. Data for this study is collected from Iran's judicial courts. We aim to show how maxim of quantity is violated in different educated and non-educated cases in relation to different speech acts. The analysis shows that non-educated cases violate maxim of quantity more than educated ones in relation to different speech acts.
Keywords: Forensic Linguistic, Cooperative Principle, Speech Act, Education, Criminal Conviction.
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