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Speaking of Crime: The Language of Criminal Justice

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Why do so many people voluntarily consent to searches by have the police search their person or vehicle when they know that they are carrying contraband or evidence of illegal activity? Does everyone understand the Miranda warning? How well can people recognize a voice on tape? Can linguistic experts identify who wrote an anonymous threatening letter?

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Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by University Of Chicago Press
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The book covers a range of linguistic topics relevant to law, from pragmatics/discourse analysis to truth-conditional semantics. For a law student or practicing lawyer, it should be a nice introduction to linguistics. For a linguist, it is a good way to get out of the vacuum jar of theory and into a world where people's lives and freedom are at stake. Most people seem to learn about the law from TV crime shows and courtroom dramas, but reading just a few of the chapters of this book should make ...more
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