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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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Conversational Strategies Used to Create Crimes

Conversational Strategies Used to Create Crimes

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(p.13) 2 Conversational Strategies Used to Create Crimes
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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/9780195181661.003.0002

The single agenda of undercover police work is to capture crime on tape. Conversational strategies are usually considered unconscious behavior, but there is reason to suspect that undercover taping is more intentional. This chapter introduces and illustrates the eleven powerful conversational strategies: ambiguity, blocking, hit and run, contaminating, camouflaging illegality, isolating the target, inaccurate restatements, withholding important information, lying, and scripting.

Keywords:   intentionality, ambiguity, blocking, hit and run, contaminating, camouflaging, isolating, inaccuracy, withholding, lying

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