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Unintended but still wanted sex

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199926961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980505 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926961.003.0025
Unintended but still wanted sex

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This chapter discusses the case of Stephen Ray, which serves as an example of the complicated twists and turns of sexual misconduct and its laws. It presents some background information on Stephen Ray and Brenda, the woman who accused him of sexual assault. The next section studies Stephen and Brenda's account and representation of the events that occurred in Brenda's beauty shop. It then shifts to a transcript of Brenda's confrontation call, where Stephen apologized for everything that Brenda was blaming him of, and studies the structure of a felicitous apology. The chapter ends by discussing six relevant statements that were made in that brief confrontation call, along with the unclear references that Stephen was making while he was apologizing to Brenda.

Keywords: sexual misconduct; sexual assault; felicitous apology; confrontation call; unclear references

Chapter.  3670 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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