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The Language of Perjury Cases

Roger W Shuy


This book describes the contributions of linguistics to the intelligence gathering and analysis in the legal context by showing the way evidence is analyzed in eleven perjury cases. Beginning with a brief review of perjury law, it shows how the meaning of lexicon, grammatical structures, and ambiguities are important in such cases, stressing that it would be prudent for prosecutors and defense attorneys alike to begin their review in such cases with the larger units of language, by identifying the speech event, the schemas of the participants, the agendas of the participants as revealed by the ... More

Keywords: perjury, intelligence gathering, intelligence analysis, cultural interference, linguistic tools, speech event, schema, agenda, topics, responses, cooperative principle, speech acts, conversational strategies, recency principle, grammar, ambiguity, lexicon

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199795383
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795383.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger W Shuy, author
Georgetown University

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