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A Sixth-Grade Teacher Goes after the Local Press

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Defamation Cases

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195391329
eISBN:
9780199866274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391329.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

A controversy emerged from allegedly defamatory articles in the local newspaper about a teacher whose students were said to “have learned nothing” during the school year, requiring them to take ... More


The sheriff who didn’t know what hit him

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199926961
eISBN:
9780199980505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926961.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter takes a look at the case of Sheriff William Preston, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a secretary in one of the law enforcement departments. It notes that the sheriff had no ... More


Unintended but still wanted sex

Roger W. Shuy

in The Language of Sexual Misconduct Cases

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199926961
eISBN:
9780199980505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199926961.003.0025
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter discusses the case of Stephen Ray, which serves as an example of the complicated twists and turns of sexual misconduct and its laws. It presents some background information on Stephen ... More


“I’m Sorry for What I’ve Done”: The Language of Courtroom Apologies

M. Catherine Gruber

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199325665
eISBN:
9780199364817
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325665.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book examines fifty-two apologetic allocutions produced during federal sentencing hearings. Defendants raised the topics of the offense, mitigation, future behavior, and the sentence in diverse ... More


Apologies and Courtroom Apologies

M. Catherine Gruber

in “I’m Sorry for What I’ve Done”: The Language of Courtroom Apologies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199325665
eISBN:
9780199364817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325665.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

In order to determine what makes the apologies produced during allocution at sentencing unusual, the chapter begins with a discussion of garden-variety apologies. Austin’s (1962) ... More


Conclusions

M. Catherine Gruber

in “I’m Sorry for What I’ve Done”: The Language of Courtroom Apologies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199325665
eISBN:
9780199364817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325665.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter reviews the pros and cons of the strategies that defendants employ during allocution at sentencing. For example, although performative conventional apologies are both expected and ... More


Introduction

M. Catherine Gruber

in “I’m Sorry for What I’ve Done”: The Language of Courtroom Apologies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199325665
eISBN:
9780199364817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325665.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

The Introduction presents the scope of this book: a study of a corpus of fifty-two defendant allocutions collected in three U.S. District courtrooms. Although a sentencing hearing constitutes an ... More


What Defendants Say in Response to Their Offenses

M. Catherine Gruber

in “I’m Sorry for What I’ve Done”: The Language of Courtroom Apologies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199325665
eISBN:
9780199364817
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199325665.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter examines the ways in which defendants developed the topic of their offense. In general, they either focused on the offense itself, such as by making a critical assessment of their ... More


Translating Defendants’ Apologies during Allocution at Sentencing

M. Catherine Gruber

in Translating the Social World for Law: Linguistic Tools for a New Legal Realism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199990559
eISBN:
9780190267407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199990559.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

In an attempt to translate between sociolinguistics and the courtroom, this chapter analyzes an exchange in which a sentencing judge identified two possible meanings of a defendant’s brief apology. ... More


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