An attorney's aborted charge of suborning 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:
An attorney's aborted charge of suborning perjury

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In an undercover operation to catch doctors and lawyers suborning perjury of their patients, two undercover officers appeared in a lawyer’s office, telling him about an accident they had and requesting his help in getting reimbursement. Since the officers assumed the role of uneducated, inner city black people, they provided the lawyer with considerable language and cultural interference problems. The linguistic analysis shows how the different concepts of the speech event, different agendas, the speech acts of directives, the use of conditional verbs, and grammatical referencing led the lawyer to misunderstand the imperfect language of the undercover officers.

Keywords: suborning perjury; language interference; cultural interference; speech event; agendas; speech acts; grammar; referencing

Chapter.  2894 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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