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NCJ Number: 156959 Find in a Library
Title: Children in Court: The Role of Discourse Processing and Production
Journal: Topics in Language Disorder  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(August 1993)  Pages:39-58
Author(s): L S Snyder; R Nathanson; K J Saywitz
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 20
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the nature of courtroom discourse, and specifically the communication that occurs between children and adults in the courtroom and during investigative interviews, in terms of discourse processing and production.
Abstract: To have a more accurate understanding of what transpires when children testify, one must consider the discourse requirements of eyewitness testimony, the child's developing ability to produce the requisite discourse, the nature and development of autobiographical memory in children, sociocultural factors that may influence discourse production, and jurors' difficulty in processing the discourse of eyewitness testimony in general, and children's testimony in particular. The psycholinguistic analysis of narrative discourse reveals that narrative discourse production is a skill that children develop over the course of childhood, and that jurors' decisionmaking depends on their narrative processing, which is facilitated by complete and coherent testimony. 86 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Communication techniques; Courts; Juvenile witnesses; Witness credibility
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