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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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The Power of Conversational Strategies

The Power of Conversational Strategies

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(p.31) 3 The Power of Conversational Strategies
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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/9780195181661.003.0003

Following Foucault and R. Lakoff, power is defined and differentiated from persuasion. The approach used here is more like that of Sornig — manipulative seduction — especially since these strategies are used to influence the understandings of people other than the persons to whom they are addressed (juries), and they focus on a time period that is not the same as the time frame in which they were spoken. Powerful speakers depend on their power not being recognized. With the exception of language in the courtroom itself, most of the research on language power is focused on a speaker’s lack of power. In contrast, this study shows the opposite — the actual power held by certain speakers in the undercover context.

Keywords:   persuasion, manipulative seduction, power

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