The, And Corpus Linguistics Theories And Gender Studies

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Based on the CDA and corpus linguistics theories and gender studies, this study conducts an analysis of how the descriptions and representations of rape incidents and the offenders and victims in the discourse of rape cases have influence in the determination of rape cases in terms of the court appeal decision. In particular, this study focuses on the discourse of appeal decisions on rape cases “on processes of education, surveillance, control and discipline of social and sexual gender behaviors” in fifty British appeal court
The analysis reveals that the legal decision on rape cases are greatly affected by the languages used to depict and represent the appellant by the defense council. Depending on the lexical descriptions of the characteristics and behaviors of the offenders and victims, the judging cases are broadly categorized into two spheres: ‘hard criminals’ and “psychologically disturbed”. In the cases that are classified as “hard criminals” as the description of the offenders were the ones with sexually violent and out of control tendencies, and strangers to the victims such as “violent sexual crime”, and “danger to female members of the public”, thus, pose a great threat to the public. On the other hand, the cases that are seen as “psychologically disturbed”, the appellants in the discourse of the legal writings were described as the sympathetic portrayal of “sexually abusive partners” and the ones who are in pain and suffering from mentally and emotionally
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