The Role of Hedging in Balancing Power and Persuasion in the Judicial Context: The case of majority and dissenting opinions

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Abstract

As an institution, the United States Supreme Court carries out three duties (van Geel 2001). Firstly, it settles disputes between parties. As the highest appellate court in the federal judicial system, it reviews the decisions of inferior federal courts for errors of law, and it also reviews constitutional issues raised in both federal and state courts. Secondly, by ruling on what is constitutionally permissible, the Supreme Court affects public policy. Lastly, by offering an explanation as to why a specific conduct has been considered constitutionally permissible or impermissible, the Court educates the general public on acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. In fact, Supreme Court decisions are often used as an educational tool in the law classroom to illustrate certain points of law and to aid students in developing skills of legal reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower, Persuasion and Manipulation in Specialised Genres
Subtitle of host publicationProviding Keys to the Rhetoric of Professional Communities
EditorsMaria Angeles Orts Llopis, Ruth Breeze, Maurizio Gotti
PublisherPeter Lang
ISBN (Electronic)9783034330121
ISBN (Print)9783034330121
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameLinguistic Insights
PublisherPeter Lang

Keywords

  • Legal discourse
  • Judicial opinions
  • Dissents
  • Corpus linguistics
  • hedging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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    Vass, H. (2017). The Role of Hedging in Balancing Power and Persuasion in the Judicial Context: The case of majority and dissenting opinions. In M. A. Orts Llopis, R. Breeze, & M. Gotti (Eds.), Power, Persuasion and Manipulation in Specialised Genres: Providing Keys to the Rhetoric of Professional Communities (Linguistic Insights). Peter Lang.