Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Representation and its dependencies : discourse patterns and conditions of speaking for/about young criminals
Authors: Krasselt, Julia
Dreesen, Philipp
et. al: No
Conference details: Participation through Language: Actors, Practices, Ideologies. Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, 25-26 March 2021
Issue Date: 26-Mar-2021
Language: English
Subjects: Corpus linguistics; Discourse analysis; Representation; Voice
Subject (DDC): 401.4: Terminology, discourse analysis, pragmatics
Abstract: Most projects in the field of participation through language deal with the marginalized and underrepresented, who are excluded from participation due to socio-structural reasons (for a diachronic perspective cf. Bock/Dreesen, 2018). The project presented here is about criminal young adults who are intentionally excluded from society for a certain period of time based on criminal law. This group of people, excluded from participation, is dependent on special forms of verbal representation. In the talk, we will present results gathered in the context of a project which is concerned with the improvement of summary reports on the development of criminal young adults in a Swiss prison. These reports are of high relevance because, among other things, the assessment of a delinquent’s resocialization depends on them. As the prison management itself has recognized, these reports accomplish their function only to a limited extent. Beyond optimizing reports in the form of writing workshops, it is therefore sustainable to point to some discursive conditions in society under which these reports emerge. We approach this task by a two-step approach: First, referring to the social philosophical issue of speaking for others (Alcoff, 1991), the various problem dimensions of representative speaking are addressed (Dreesen, 2016). Secondly, two corpus-centered analyses are used to achieve a better understanding of the discursive conditions of speaking about delinquents. Personal pronouns (I, we), semantically vague collective expressions, e.g., indefinite pronouns (one, all), and typical formulations in media (my client) and forensics (we as a professional style) are analyzed in a Swiss media corpus (Krasselt et al., 2020) and a corpus of summary reports compiled in the above-mentioned project.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Linguistics
Organisational Unit: Institute of Language Competence (ILC)
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