“… the importance of the communicative context in the negotiation of the conditions through which truth is constructed, …”
A quotation from a fascinating study by Marco Jacquemet, Credibility in court – Communicative practices in the Camorra trials (1996). It’s in a paragraph on ‘Metapragmatics in court’ that the author formulates this sentence on truth.
‘The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth’? That’s the basis of legal oats in about all western judicial systems.
Jacquemet’s study shows how truth is constructed, through conditions, that are being negotiated, in a specific communicative context, which has his own importance.
I like that.