- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195181662
- ISBN-13: 978-0195181661
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 5.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creating Language Crimes: How Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language 1st Edition
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"Creating Language Crimes will easily fit into any undergraduate course on discourse analysis, and it will serve as an excellent primer for non-specialists who wish to understand how the study of language and the practice of law enforcement and investigation converge." --American Speech
"Creating Language Crimes is admirably well-written and accessible." --Journal of Pragmatics
"By presenting a number of detailed case analyses, Shuy illustrates vividly and explicitly the nature and function of discourse stratedies for manipulating language in order to create an impression of guilt or even to elicit a false confession. The author provides excerpts from transcripts so that readers can analyze relevant data themselves. Such data will be very helpful for all readers, but especially for professors and students. Overall, the book should interest defense lawyers and judges as well as linguists and linguistic students -- and also interested citizens. Overall , this book constitutes a significant contribution to the rapidly growing and expanding field of forensic linguistics. It is definately a must for the library of any serious forensic linguist, and it is a useful tool for getting acquainted with an area many find unfamiliar or intimidating." --Language in Society
"Interesting and very readable." --British Journal of Criminology
"This book is an excellent, beautifully written example of forensic linguistic analysis. The text is accessible to all levels of researcher, providing background information for those who may not be formally trained in linguistics. It is detailed enough, however, for professional linguists to also gain an extraordinary amount of information into this new and growing field of Applied Discourse Analysis. ... This is a new, expanding and important field of linguistics. Shuy's contributions to the area in both this book and his previous contribution, Language Crimes, 1993, are immeasurable. As new investigators come into the field, it is guaranteed that these early works will become classic reference texts."--Linguist List 16.3453
"Creating Language Crimes is an unusual, intriguing, and important book written by a pioneer in the area of language and the law...[it] reads smoothly and contains a wealth of real-life experiences and details; it is clear that Shuy speaks from great personal experience and authority on this topic."--Heidi E. Hamilton, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University
"A significant contribution to the rapidly growing field of forensic linguistics. It is also highly accessible to students who have demonstrated increasing interest in the field in recent years. The author's qualifications are superb. Shuy has, during his career, conducted analysis in hundreds of legal cases and testified in many of those cases. He is highly sought after as a consultant, an expert witness, as well as a speaker."--Bethany K. Dumas, Professor of English, University of Tennessee
About the Author
Roger W. Shuy is Distinguished Research Professor of Linguistics, Emeritus, at Georgetown University. He is also president of Roger W. Shuy, Inc. in Missoula, Montana, founded in 1982 and specializing in linguistic services to attorneys in criminal and civil cases.
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