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dc.contributor.authorCarruthers, Joan
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-29T23:01:15Z
dc.date.available2016-08-29T23:01:15Z
dc.date.issued2009-05-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11803/423
dc.description.abstractThis case study used principles of Critical Discourse Analysis to examine two written medical-legal opinions on a plaintiff prepared by the defense expert. The litigation involved a personal injury lawsuit, in which a minor plaintiff alleged psychological injury as a result of bullying violence by a minor perpetrator and the negligent actions of the defendant. The researcher found that the defense expert used several common linguistic processes to create support for his/her opinion regarding the plaintiff injury and causation of that injury. The researcher revealed that the defense expert’s themes paralleled the discursive operations highlighted in Coates & Wade’s (2004) Interactional and Discursive View of Violence and Resistance; in both expert opinions studied, the researcher found that the expert used linguistic processes to discursively conceal violence, conceal trauma response or resistance, pathologize or blame the victim and mitigate perpetrator responsibility. Although written expert testimony is meant to represent an independent, neutral opinion, the discursive processes used by the expert represent an active process and could not be considered neutral.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectPsychological injuryen_US
dc.subjectBullyingen_US
dc.subjectCritical discourse analysisen_US
dc.subjectLegal opinion validityen_US
dc.titleLinguistic Processes Used in Medical-Legal Discourse: A Single Case Studyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCounselingen_US
thesis.degree.grantorCity University of Seattleen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
cityu.schoolDivision of Arts and Sciencesen_US
cityu.siteVictoriaen_US
cityu.site.countryCanadaen_US


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