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The Language of Fraud Cases

Roger W. Shuy


In a number of criminal law cases, defendants are accused of using language to defraud. The evidence often provides analyzable language that provides clues to the ways that the alleged fraud took place, but in some cases linguistic analysis can show some or all of the accusations to be unjustified. This book describes eight types of fraud cases growing out of the complex laws regulating commercial businesses and individuals in which defendants were accused of fraudulently failing to follow federal requirements relating to carrying out government contracts, resource conservation, corrupt foreig ... More

Keywords: fraud, statutes and definitions, economic espsionage, corrupt foreign business, speech events, schemas, agendas, speech acts, conversational strategies, lexicon and grammar, smoking gun evidence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190270643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190270643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger W. Shuy, author
Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, Georgetown University