Epistemic Stance in Courtroom Interaction

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Epistemic Stance in Courtroom Interaction. / Mortensen, Janus; Mortensen, Sune Sønderberg.

Pragmatics and Law: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives. red. / Alessandro Capone; Francesca Poggi. Springer, 2017. s. 401-437 (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology, Bind 10).

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Mortensen, J & Mortensen, SS 2017, Epistemic Stance in Courtroom Interaction. i A Capone & F Poggi (red), Pragmatics and Law: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives. Springer, Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology, bind 10, s. 401-437.

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Mortensen, J., & Mortensen, S. S. (2017). Epistemic Stance in Courtroom Interaction. I A. Capone, & F. Poggi (red.), Pragmatics and Law: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives (s. 401-437). Springer. Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology, Bind. 10

Vancouver

Mortensen J, Mortensen SS. Epistemic Stance in Courtroom Interaction. I Capone A, Poggi F, red., Pragmatics and Law: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives. Springer. 2017. s. 401-437. (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology, Bind 10).

Author

Mortensen, Janus ; Mortensen, Sune Sønderberg. / Epistemic Stance in Courtroom Interaction. Pragmatics and Law: Practical and Theoretical Perspectives. red. / Alessandro Capone ; Francesca Poggi. Springer, 2017. s. 401-437 (Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology, Bind 10).

Bibtex

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