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Creating Language CrimesHow Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.001.0001

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How Language Crimes Are Created

How Language Crimes Are Created

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(p.3) 1 How Language Crimes Are Created
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Creating Language Crimes
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.003.0001

This chapter describes the three contexts in which law enforcement and the prosecution can create the illusion that a crime has been (or is being) committed: the recording, the police interrogation, and the trial. Four sequential steps for eliciting inculpatory speech from targets in undercover cases are outlined, noting the common problems that law enforcement encounters at each step. It is noted how recorded conversation differs from the written language of legal briefs and transcripts. The power of the undercover agent, like that of the police interrogator, is seldom recognized by targets who are being secretly taped.

Keywords:   context, interrogation, trial, elicitation, language power, language crimes, illusion of guilt

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