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LINGUIST List 23.4034

Fri Sep 28 2012

Books: The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases: Shuy

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 26-Sep-2012
From: Zach Borenstein <zach.borensteinoup.com>
Subject: The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases: Shuy
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Title: The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases
Published: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Roger W. Shuy
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199926961 Pages: 240 Price: U.S. $ 65
Abstract:

The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases analyzes the many ways in which language plays a crucial role in sexual misconduct cases. Roger W. Shuy describes eleven court cases for which he served as an expert witness or consultant, and explains the issues at stake in each case for both lawyers and linguists. The book focuses on aspects of sexual misconduct that have not previously received the attention they deserve, such as: the language evidence of sexual misconduct in the workplace; cases of adult-to-child sexual misconduct with the family; and adult-adult sexual misconduct cases. Shuy explores the often-used linguistic analytical tools that are available to both the prosecution and the defense, including speech events, schemas, conversational strategies, and the resolution of strategic ambiguity. His work stresses the advantage of examining the larger contexts before making conclusions about the smaller linguistic units that are often called 'smoking guns.'

The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases will appeal to students and scholars of applied linguistics and forensic linguistics, and to lawyers working on sexual misconduct cases.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Forensic Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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