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A Critical Discourse Analysis of 'Summerizer So' as a Linguistic Powerful Tool in American Courtroom

Prof. Hameed Hassoon Bjaiya Al-Mas'udi


Summerizer so is a linguistic item that is used frequently by lawyers during (cross) examination in American courtroom in order to exercise power and achieve domination over witnesses or suspect; therefore, it is considered as a powerful tool guranteeing their superiority over others. The researchers try to analyse this tool critically by using Fairclough's (1989) model. This model is able to detect the linguistic dimension of such usage along with their explnation and interpretation critically to reveal any hidden ideologies of dominance and power for the sake of raising the awarness of the less powerful people of this aspect.

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