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Creating Language CrimesHow Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.001.0001

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

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(p.ix) INTRODUCTION
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Creating Language Crimes
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.003.01973

This book is about language evidence, not the more commonly known physical evidence such as DNA or fingerprints. The cases described will include the discourse of targets such as millionaires, average people, business tycoons, salesmen, and lawyers. All who suddenly find themselves embroiled in criminal cases that demonstrate the various ways that unfair and deceptive conversational strategies can be used on anyone. Although no claims are made that such strategies are widely used by all law enforcement, when they are employed, perhaps because of their own professional vision, the analysis of a forensic linguist can be helpful.

Keywords:   deception, professional vision, language evidence, discourse analysis, forensic linguistics

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