Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Deceptive Ambiguity by Police and Prosecutors$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190669898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190669898.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 February 2019

Undercover Agents Use Deceptive Ambiguity

Undercover Agents Use Deceptive Ambiguity

Chapter:
(p.123) 5 Undercover Agents Use Deceptive Ambiguity
Source:
Deceptive Ambiguity by Police and Prosecutors
Author(s):

Roger W. Shuy

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190669898.003.0005

Undercover operations are deceptive by definition. First, the speech event is camouflaged so that the targets believe it is very different from what it really is. This misunderstanding of the speech event creates conflicting schemas, often enabling the agents to manipulate the targets’ agendas, to reinterpret the meaning of the speech acts used by both, to use ambiguous conversational strategies to persuade the targets to agree with the agent’s propositions, and to misinterpret the targets’ words to suit the prosecution’s case. This chapter reprises the FBI undercover investigations of US Senator Harrison A. Williams, automobile manufacturer John Z. DeLorean, and the IRS investigation of an individual taxpayer named Vernon Sligh. It also demonstrates how the undercover agents used deceptive ambiguity in their techniques of producing a misleading record of language evidence that was favorable to the prosecution and unfavorable to the targets.

Keywords:   Undercover agents, FBI, IRS, deceptive ambiguity, the Inverted Pyramid, Senator Harrison Williams, John DeLorean, Vernon Sligh

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .