The Language of Defamation Cases

Hardcover | February 11, 2010

byRoger W. Shuy

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Slander and libel cases are largely about how one party uses language in ways that are claimed to defame one another. Linguistic expertise can be central to the case. In The Language of Defamation Cases, Roger W. Shuy describes eleven representative lawsuits--involving newspapers, televisionstations, religious leaders, physicians, teachers, entertainers, unions, insurance companies, and manufacturers--for which he served as a consultant. Shuy's linguistic analysis illustrates how grammatical referencing, speech acts, discourse structure, framing, conveyed meaning, intentionality, andmalicious language affected the outcome of these cases. The Language of Defamation Cases shows how linguistics can be used to help resolve libel and slander cases. It will appeal to students and scholars of applied linguistics and forensic linguistics.

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Slander and libel cases are largely about how one party uses language in ways that are claimed to defame one another. Linguistic expertise can be central to the case. In The Language of Defamation Cases, Roger W. Shuy describes eleven representative lawsuits--involving newspapers, televisionstations, religious leaders, physicians, tea...

Roger W. Shuy is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, Georgetown University. He is the author of Creating Language Crimes, Linguistics in the Coutroom, and Fighting Over Words.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 5.79 × 8.31 × 1.18 inPublished:February 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195391322

ISBN - 13:9780195391329

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IntroductionSection I: Defamation Law: Where Linguistics Can Help1. Fighting Over Defamatory Language2. How Linguistics Fits into the PictureSection II: Defamation Battles in the Media3. A Sixth-Grade Teacher Goes After the Local Press4. Widow of a Murdered Man Sues a Local TV Station5. A Religious Leader, the TV Media, and the FCC6. Las Vegas Headliner Wayne Newton Sues NBC7. Verbal Duels Between Linguistics Experts in a Case Brought by an Ohio Supreme Court Justice Against a NewspaperSection III: Defamation Disputes in the Field of Medicine8. Optometrists vs. Opthamologists9. Otolaryngologists vs. Plastic Surgeons10. Infighting in the Hair Care Products Industry11. A Policy Holder Sues Her Insurance Company12. An Employee Sues Her Employer13. A Corporation Files a Lawsuit Against a Union14. So Are We Making Any Progress?References CitedCase Citations