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Andreas Holm Hansen, Christian Corell, Christoffer Schyth Kjær, Janni Jul Christiansen, Marie-Louise Forbech Bøving-Andersen, Stine Seltoft & Valentina Ellegaard Timm

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This study about forensic linguistic examines how the discourse in a courtroom can be used to construct identities. Additionally, it examines how the institutional roles are maintained or occasionally discarded by the persons, we have analyzed. Our primary source comes from our visit at the court in Frederiksberg, where we observed a legal process. We have transcribed our observation and used it as a starting point for our work. To give our study a more firm theoretical foundation we have referred to the works of Gibbons, Gergen and Goffman. In our project we have chosen to divide our analysis into sections with different headlines. In short, we will present some of the results of our analysis. We conclude that the discourse in a court, from our selected examples, is used to create different identities with the intention affecting the outcome of the legal process. The judge, the public defender and the prosecutor are maintaining the institutional roles, whereas the witness does not necessarily stick to his role. During the case, the witness constructs several identities. In spite of this, the judge’s, the public defender’s, and the prosecutor’s prior experience from the courtroom allows them to see through his performance and focus on the factual elements of the case. Finally, we can conclude that it is possible to construct identities and affect the way you express your true intentions in an utterance.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2015
VejledereSune Sønderberg Mortensen


  • Sprogbrug
  • Retssal