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Fighting over Words: Language and Civil Law Cases

Roger W. Shuy


Everybody fights about something or other and language is usually at the very center of the conflict. We use language as we fight our battles, but when the dispute is over what is said or how it was worded, language becomes the very cause of the battle. Although there are many arenas in which language disputes can be observed, civil law cases offer the most fertile examples of this warfare over words. What did the business contract actually say or mean? Was there evidence of deceptive language practice in its promotional materials? Can the warning label become part of a product liability charg ... More

Keywords: business contract, deceptive language, warning label, product liability, age discrimination, race discrimination, trademark, copyright infringement, procurement fraud, commerce, disputed meanings

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195328837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328837.001.0001


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Roger W. Shuy, author
Georgetown University (Emeritus)
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