The Language of Law School: Learning to "Think like a Lawyer"

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(1.25)Numbers in parentheses indicate length of turn (here, one minute and two and a half seconds). Turns are measured to .005, or half of a second.
(.)Enclosed dot indicates a very short untimed pause.
// //Parallel lines indicate overlapping speech.
""laughter""Double brackets indicate backchannel sounds, laughter, etc. (Occasionally backchannel comments are indicated this way for ease of reading; more usually they are indicated using //parallel lines// to mark overlapping backchannels.)
emphasisUnderlining indicates emphatic stress.
()Single parentheses indicate inaudible or barely audible speech.
"says name"Italicized material in italicized brackets is descriptive commentary, summaries of omitted portions, and metacommentary from EM regarding transcript, as well as paraphrases and substitutes where necessary to protect confidentiality.
"…"Ellipses in italicized brackets indicate omitted material.
*oh* ((*sarcastically*))Italicized material in double parentheses describes aspects of speech delivery (intonation, etc.); asterisks mark the relevant transcript passage.
You-Hyphen indicates a cut-off, usually one that is turninternal.
I--
--youParallel dashes refer to coordinated speech, where one speaker stops before finishing an utterance, and another speaker begins speaking smoothly immediately thereafter (i.e., immediately latched utterances).

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