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A onor del vero
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Patrizia Bellucci's
A onor del vero
Fondamenti di linguistica giudiziaria

With an introduction by Tullio De Mauro


UTET Libreria - 2005

XVI-542 pages

A onor del vero

ISBN 88-7750-992-9

25,00 euro

Now you can download all the volume's chapters!
please see the italian page!


Book's Presentation at the Università per Stranieri di Siena
Friday, June 9, 2006, 5 pm
Massimo Vedovelli, Luigi Berlinguer, Nino Calabrese and Mauro Barni
will present the volume
in the Sala Rossa of Via Pantaneto 45, Siena

link consigliato program 54 kb
link consigliato press communiqué 16 kb


Book's Presentation at the Unversità degli Studi di Firenze
Friday, April 28, 2006, 4 pm
Alfredo Corpaci, Nicoletta Maraschio and Nicola Palazzolo
will present the volume
in the Sala Rossa of Villa Ruspoli, Piazza Indipendenza 9, Florence

link consigliato program 53 kb
link consigliato press communiqué 27 kb
link consigliato la Repubblica 64 kb


Book's Presentation ate the Università degli Studi di Cagliari
Wednesday, June 28, 2006, 5 pm
Cristina Lavinio, Gilberto Ganassi, Francesco Sitzia and Massimiliano Ravenna
will present the volume
in the Aula Magna of Corpo Aggiunto, Sa Duchessa Cagliari

link consigliato program 144 kb
link consigliato press communiqué 30 kb



The book is owned by the University Library of Florence


On line book's review (in italian)
by Erica Romagnoli

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The trial is relatively unknown and unstudied as a basic linguistic event of judicial activity. However, in order to reconstruct the event and to compare it with the norms of the legal system, the judge must know how to read and interpret a myriad of discourses of every type, origin, and purpose. When making a ruling, the judge has to synthesize this wide range of information and compare it with the words of the legislator.

Despite the lack of attention given to it in the training of government and professional members of the legal system, knowing how to confront this complex linguistic itinerary with explicit knowledge is necessary for the proper exercise of jurisdictional duties. Wiretaps, interrogations, debates, and court rulings are, above all, matters of language (spoken, written, intercepted, or transcribed) and of communicative interaction that this book aspires to analyze from a linguistic perspective for the benefit of all men and women of the law and for whoever else has interest.

After years of research into judicial activity, Patrizia Bellucci expounds and evaluates - with instruments unique to the field of linguistics - all phases of a recently held homicide trial, from the investigative stage to the gathering and presenting of evidence to the wording of the sentence. The methodological prospective is that of interpretive sociolinguistics, which sees a relationship between language and society and assumes that their interaction, even in legal contexts, is co-constructed by all participants.

Patrizia Bellucci teaches Sociolinguistics at the University of Florence and directs the forensic linguistics laboratory (the Laboratorio di Linguistica Guidiziaria, or LALIGI) in the same university's Linguistics Department. She has published numerous essays in the related but distinct fields of sociolinguistics, dialectology, and linguistic education. The common thread of her writing is an unremitting concern for the social and political applications of her research

Note: At present Patrizia Bellucci's A onor del vero. Fondamenti di linguistica giudiziaria is available only in its original Italian version.


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