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The Language of Defamation Cases$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391329

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.001.0001

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Verbal Duels between Linguistic Experts in a Case Brought by an Ohio Supreme Court Justice against a Newspaper

Verbal Duels between Linguistic Experts in a Case Brought by an Ohio Supreme Court Justice against a Newspaper

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(p.97) 7 Verbal Duels between Linguistic Experts in a Case Brought by an Ohio Supreme Court Justice against a Newspaper
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The Language of Defamation Cases
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.003.0008

Analysis of the language evidence is not the only task of forensic linguists in defamation cases. Sometimes their main role is to examine the reports and testimony of experts on the other side. This chapter is a linguistic analysis of the plaintiff's expert witness's report, in which that expert went outside the appropriate limits of expertise to attribute what the readers actually understood and to attribute what the writer actually intended. That report also called on professional expertise that was outside of his linguistic training and expertise and organized his report in a less than coherent manner. This chapter also discusses the inherent problems of accusations stemming from innuendo and newspaper headlines.

Keywords:   expert's report, inferencing, intentions, professional expertise, coherence

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