How linguists examine the language of perjury

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Perjury Cases

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199795383
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919314 | DOI:
How linguists examine the language of perjury

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The chapter introduces the linguistic tools that were used in the case examples of the following chapters: the speech event context, schema, agendas as revealed by the topics and responses to topics introduced by others, the cooperative principle, the speech acts used, their conversational strategies, the recency principle, and language ambiguity that results from grammatical and lexical features. Since deception and intention also play a role in perjury cases, these features are also discussed.

Keywords: perjury; speech event; schema; agendas; topics; responses; cooperative principle; speech acts; conversational strategy; recency principle; ambiguity; grammar; lexicon; deception; intentions

Chapter.  4191 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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