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LINGUIST List 19.158

Mon Jan 14 2008

Books: Forensic Linguistics: Shuy

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Message 1: Fighting Over Words: Shuy
Date: 13-Dec-2007
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Fighting Over Words: Shuy
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Title: Fighting Over Words
Subtitle: Language and Civil Law Cases
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Roger W. Shuy
Hardback: ISBN: 9780195328837 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 65.00
Abstract:

Most 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 or 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 battleground.
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, trademark disputes, 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.

Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=33001




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