Creating language crimes how law enforcement uses (and misuses) language

Shuy, Roger W
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  • Creator Roger W. Shuy
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (209 p.)
  • ISBNs 0198040121, 9786610428526, 128042852X, 1602565570
  • OCLC ocn567935874


  • Roger Shuy illustrates how linguistic analysis of undercover tape recordings made by law enforcement can help defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, judges, and juries better understand the effects of conversational strategies used to give the appearance of criminal activity.


  • Description based upon print version of record.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • English


  • Contents; Introduction; Part I: Language Crimes, Conversational Strategies, and Language Power; 1. How Language Crimes Are Created; 2. Conversational Strategies Used to Create Crimes; 3. The Power of Conversational Strategies; Part II: Uses by Cooperating Witnesses; 4. Overlapping, Ambiguity, and the Hit and Run in a Solicitation to Murder Case: Texas v. T. Cullen Davis; 5. Retelling, Scripting, and Lying in a Murder Case: Florida v. Alan Mackerley
  • 6. Interrupting, Overlapping, Lying, Not Taking "No" for an Answer, and Representing Illegality Differently to Separate Targets in a Stolen Property Case: US v. Prakesh Patel and Daniel Houston7. Eleven Little Ambiguities and How They Grew in a Business Fraud Case: US v. Paul Webster and Joe Martino; 8. Discourse Ambiguity in a Contract Fraud Case: US v. David Smith; 9. Contamination and Manipulation in a Bribery Case: US v. Paul Manziel; 10. Scripting by Requesting Directives and Apologies in a Sexual Misconduct Case: Idaho v. J. Mussina; Part III: Uses by Law Enforcement Officers
  • 11. Police Camouflaging in an Obstruction of Justice Case: US v. Brian Lett12. Police Camouflaging in a Purchasing Stolen Property Case: US v. Tariq Shalash; 13. A Rogue Cop and Every Strategy He Can Think Of: The Wenatchee Washington Sex Ring Case; 14. An Undercover Policeman Uses Ambiguity, Hit and Run, Interrupting, Scripting, and Refusing to Take "No" for an Answer in a Solicitation to Murder Case: The Crown v. Mohammed Arshad; 15. Manipulating the Tape, Interrupting, Inaccurate Restatements, and Scripting in a Murder Case: Florida v. Jerry Townsend
  • Part IV: Conversational Strategies as Evidence16. Eight Questions about the Power of Conversational Strategies in Undercover Police Investigations; References Cited; Cases Cited; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W
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