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The Language of Defamation Cases

Roger W. Shuy


This book shows how linguistic analysis can be useful to lawyers on either sides of defamation lawsuits. It gives a brief overview of the parts of defamation law that linguistics can address, and then illustrates how phonetics, grammar, semantics, speech acts, pragmatics, conveyed meaning, and lexical choices were used in eleven defamation cases. The book also assesses what progress has been made from the early days in which language disputes were settled by bloody duels to the modern days of their replacement by libel and slander lawsuits.

Keywords: defamation, libel, slander, phonetics, grammar, semantics, pragmatics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391329
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger W. Shuy, author
Georgetown University
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