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The Language of Defamation Cases$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.001.0001

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Otolaryngologists vs. Plastic Surgeons

Otolaryngologists vs. Plastic Surgeons

(p.151) 9 Otolaryngologists vs. Plastic Surgeons
The Language of Defamation Cases

Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

When Georgia plastic surgeons were appalled about the state's otolarynogologists announcement that they were broadening their specialization to include head and neck medicine and surgery, the plastic surgeons published an article in their professional journal that was considered by the otolaryngologists and their leader to be defamatory. Linguistic analysis of the article included discourse analysis to identify the themes of the article, most of which included accusations, inferences in conveyed language, and malicious words and expressions. The plastic surgeons claimed that they were offering opinions, not factual accusations, but linguistic analysis showed the contrary.

Keywords:   topics, themes, accusation, inferences, malicious language

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