Fighting Over Words
Language and Civil Law Cases
By (author) Roger W. Shuy
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Fighting Over Words by Roger W. Shuy
Book DescriptionMost people fight over something or other and language is usually at the very center of the conflict. Often the way we use language is the cause of the battle. There are many areas in which fighting about language can be observed but civil law cases offer the most fertile examples of this warfare over words. What did the contract actually say? Was there deception in the advertising? Was the warning label clear and effective? Did the company evidence race of age discrimination against employees or customers? Was one company's name too similar to that of another company? Did the corporation plagiarize the work of another? Did it fraudulently represent what its work? This book is about the ways linguistic analysis describes, exposes, and aids disputes in 18 civil cases where language framed the battle ground. Roger Shuy, a well-known forensic linguist and consultant, shows how the skills of linguistic analysis can help resolve disputed meanings, while also showing how civil cases can prove to be fertile ground for linguistic scholarship. He does this by collecting and analyzing cases involving contracts, trademark disputes, advertisements, product liability, copyright infringement, discrimination, and fraud controversies. In each case he employs all the tools of formal linguistics to show how it can be as helpful as other physical sciences in resolving legal disagreements. The work will be of interest primarily to linguists - sociolinguists, forensic linguists, and scholars and students of law and society - as well as lawyers and law students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195328837
(242mm x 165mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roger W. Shuy
Language of Fraud Cases, Hardback (January 2016)
The Language of Fraud Cases describes eight court cases that Roger W. Shuy consulted on, and demonstrates the role of linguistic analysis in defining fraudulent language in the context of law.
Speaking of Language and Law, Hardback (September 2015)
This book offers a selection of twelve of Peter Tiersma's most influential publications, divided into five thematic areas that are critical to both law and linguistics.
Language of Murder Cases, Hardback (May 2014)
The Language of Murder Cases describes fifteen court cases for which Roger Shuy served as an expert language witness, and explains the issues at stake in those cases for lawyers and linguists.
Language of Bribery Cases, Hardback (December 2013)» View all books by Roger W. Shuy
An analysis of the use of language in bribery cases
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Author Biography - Roger W. Shuy
Roger Shuy is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Georgetown University. He is the author of Linguistics in the Courtroom: A Practical Guide and Creating Language Crimes: How Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language.
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