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TRIAL LANGUAGE DIFFERENTIAL DISCOURSE PROCESSING AND DISCURSIVE FORMATION; Editorial page; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Table of contents; FIGURES AND TABLES; Abbreviations; CHAPTER 1. LEGAL LANGUAGE, DISCOURSE ANALYSIS, ANDSOCIAL THEORY; CHAPTER 2. FROM TEXT TO TALK: JUROR QUALIFICATION RITES IN AN INDIANA COURT; CHAPTER 3. TEXT IN TALK: PRELIMINARY INSTRUCTIONSAND OPENING STATEMENTS; CHAPTER 4. STORIES BY QUESTION AND ANSWER: THE EVIDENCE STAGE; CHAPTER 5. LAST WORDS: FINAL ARGUMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS; CHAPTER 6. LEGAL DISCOURSE AND DISCURSIVE FORMATIONS; NOTES This study of Anglo-American legal discourse is the first comprehensive discourse analysis of American legal language in its prototypical setting, the trial by jury. With ethnographic data gathered in a civil jury trial, the book compares the discourse processing of the legal participants and the lay jurors in the trial. This study examining an entire trial, finds that it is constraints at the level of a Foucauldian discursive formation that prevent lay understanding. Those constraints include the allocation of narrative speaking roles primarily to legal speakers in genres in which no sworn evi.