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Fighting over WordsLanguage and Civil Law Cases$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328837.001.0001

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APPENDIX

APPENDIX

How Linguists Can Help in Corporate Civil Cases

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Fighting over Words
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328837.003.0020

This chapter summarizes the important requirements of linguists and lawyers who work together on the seven types of corporate cases discussed in the book. First, the linguist needs to have complete and adequate data from the lawyer. The linguist should have a toolbox complete with the theory and tools of linguistics, including phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, speech acts, discourse analysis, historical language change, and a good sense of how language is comprehensible. The linguist's presentation of reports and testimony must be effective and understandable, following Grice's maxims: be informative, be relevant, be clear.

Keywords:   adequate data, tools of linguistics, phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, speech acts, discourse analysis, historical language change, comprehensible, Grice's maxims

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