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One confession, multiple chronotopes : The interdiscursive authentication of an apology in an international criminal trial (2021)


D’hondt, S. (2021). One confession, multiple chronotopes : The interdiscursive authentication of an apology in an international criminal trial. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 25(1), 62-80. https://doi.org/10.1111/josl.12447


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All authors or editors: D’hondt, Sigurd

Journal or series: Journal of Sociolinguistics

ISSN: 1360-6441

eISSN: 1467-9841

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 25

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 62-80

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/josl.12447

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Abstract

This paper presents an interdiscursive analysis of a public apology made before the International Criminal Court (ICC) by a Malian Islamist accused of the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu. It analyzes (a) how the defendant's apology metapragmatically inserts itself into a multiplicity of chronotopes and (b) how the two defense counsels subsequently reformulate that apology as part of a ‘confessional chronotope’, thereby decoupling it from its immediate trial surroundings. The entextualization of this confessional chronotope, and the modifications of the trial's participation framework it proposes, reveal how ICC trial actors navigate the multiple tensions facing this emergent form of globalized criminal justice.


Keywords: international law; confession of guilt; apology; discourse analysis; discourse research; chronotopes

Free keywords: confession; courtroom discourse; interdiscursivity; International Criminal Court; public apology


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Reporting Year: 2021

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