Using linguistic tools in sexual misconduct cases

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:
Using linguistic tools in sexual misconduct cases

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This chapter reviews the way linguistic tools have been used by the defense attorneys as they attempted to counter the sexual misconduct charges made to their clients. It emphasizes the need for defense attorneys, prosecutors, and linguists to consider the larger language units before they focus on the smaller language units. This is mostly due to the fact that these larger language units—speech acts, schemas, agendas, and speech events, among others—can help give the actual meaning of the smaller units that at first glance appear to be conclusive proof.

Keywords: linguistic tools; sexual misconduct charges; defense attorneys; language units; conclusive proof; speech acts; schemas; agendas; speech events

Chapter.  8719 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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