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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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Eight Questions about the Power of Conversational Strategies in Undercover Police Investigations

Eight Questions about the Power of Conversational Strategies in Undercover Police Investigations

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(p.167) 16 Eight Questions about the Power of Conversational Strategies in Undercover Police Investigations
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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/9780195181661.003.0016

This chapter demonstrates that cooperating witnesses and law enforcement officers use basically the same conversational strategies in their undercover work. It also points out what makes these strategies so powerful, the usefulness of linguistics in revealing them, why targets get trapped by them, why the prosecution does not often make use of forensic linguistic analysis, and what might be done about this situation.

Keywords:   cooperating witness, conversational strategies, forensic linguistics

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