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The Language of Bribery Cases

Roger W. Shuy


The Language of Bribery Cases describes ten bribery-related court cases for which Roger W. Shuy served as an expert language witness. The cases described include the bribery or alleged bribery of United States senators, congressmen, judges, businessmen, and brothel owners, among others. Shuy describes the often-unused linguistic analytical tools that are available to both the prosecution and defense as they argue these cases. His analysis illustrates how grammatical referencing, speech acts, discourse structure, framing, conveyed meaning, and intentionality can be useful, and he d ... More

Keywords: statutes, speech event, schema, agenda, speech acts, conversational strategies, smoking guns, intentionality, predisposition, inducement, entrapment, injuries caused by sting operations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199945139
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945139.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger W. Shuy, author
Georgetown University

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