Category Archives: CaLL Reading Group

CaLL Research Group – First meeting of 2013-14

Our first Reserach Group meeting will take place on Thursday 17th October in room 3.66 of the John Percival Building from 4.10pm.  The Group will consider a paper published in June this year by Dennis Kurzon entitled “Foreign and archaic phrases in legal texts”.  The paper is from The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law Vol 20 no. 1.


The Group is open to anyone who’d like to come along to discuss language and law although obviously reading the paper in advance is fairly essential to this session.


Best wishes




CaLL Research Group

The CaLL Research Group is being convened this year by Jane Cooke – thank you Jane!

Those people who have come along to the group in the past will know that it has predominantly operated as a reading group and with the name “CaLL Reading Group”.  This year, we are not only inviting contributions of reading suggestions (recent papers being an obvious, exciting focus). Instead we’re throwing the net wide for members to discuss, in addition to readings on Language and Law, data, in particular.  Participants are invited to identify data, online, for example and circulate it for discussion.  The usual ethical standards must be observed – if in doubt, check first with Chris Heffer ( or Frances Rock (

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Session 3 – Wednesday 24th October 2012 (Week 4)

Our third reading group session is already here! At our last meeting, the group was pleased to welcome an New Member – David Williams from Translation.
Our third group will focus on the following reading:
Aldridge, M. and Luchjenbroers, J. (2008) ‘Vulnerable Witnesses and Problems of Portrayal: A Consideration of Videotaped Police Interviews in Child Rape Cases’ Journal of English Linguistics 36:(3) 266-284
The CaLL Reading Group is now taking place in room 1.29A of Cardiff University’s Humanities Building.
Everyone welcome!
Best wishes

Session 1 – Wednesday 10th October 2012 (Midday – 1pm)

Our first reading for the group, chosen by Frances Rock is:

Christian Licoppe & Laurence Dumoulin (2010): The “Curious Case” of an Unspoken Opening Speech Act: A Video-Ethnography of the Use of Video Communication in Courtroom Activities, Research on Language & Social Interaction, 43:3, 211-231

The following prompt questions were given:

(1) Provide, for your own use, a short summary of the article – what are its main points and motivations?

(2) What did you respond to this this paper – anything about the research setting, the methods, the findings?

(3) What would you have done differently (in any way) if you had been undertaking this study or reporting it in a research article?

(4) What one question would you like to ask others in the group about this paper? (i.e. if you’d been preparing this task, what would you want people to think about within their preparation?)