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The Language of Defamation Cases$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.001.0001

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A Corporation Files a Lawsuit against Its Union

A Corporation Files a Lawsuit against Its Union

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(p.219) 13 A Corporation Files a Lawsuit against Its Union
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The Language of Defamation Cases
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.003.0014

During a labor dispute, a union published widely a number of messages that the company believed were defamatory. Discourse analysis and speech act analysis of these messages indicated that they were accusatory, contained inflammatory language, and attributed bad intentions to the company. The union's claim that the messages conveyed opinions rather than facts was also shown to be without merit.

Keywords:   discourse analysis, speech acts, accusation, inflammatory language, intentions, opinions

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