Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 October 2017

272 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190669898

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Deceptive Ambiguity by Police and Prosecutors

Roger W. Shuy

Oxford Studies in Language and Law

  • Describes fifteen criminal investigations that demonstrate how police, prosecutors, and undercover agents use deceptive ambiguity against their subjects and targets, leading to misrepresentation of the interactive speech events, schemas, agendas, speech acts, lexicon, and grammar.
  • Demonstrates that even though certain types of deceptive ambiguity are admittedly intentional during undercover operations, additional types are commonly employed in police interviews and courtroom examinations.

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