Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Rhetorical Prosody in French Courtroom Discourse

Inyoung Kim (1), Catherine Mathon (2), Georges Boulakia (1)

(1) UFR Linguistique, Université Denis Diderot-Paris7, Paris, France
(2) UFR Lettres, Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, Pessac, France

We demonstrate the important role of prosody used in rhetoric development during courtroom discourse. Our study is based on real-life examples of prosecution and defence speech taken from a documentary film about French courts. In addition to the well-known syntactic, semantic and attitudinal functions of intonation, we attempt to show how prosody is linked to the argumentative strategy used by the speaker in order to persuade the audience with both a global discourse and internal level of utterances.

Index terms: Prosody, Legal speech, Phonostyle, Rhetoric

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Bibliographic reference.  Kim, Inyoung / Mathon, Catherine / Boulakia, Georges (2010): "Rhetorical prosody in French courtroom discourse", In SP-2010, paper 080.