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Fighting over Defamatory Language

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/9780195391329.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

After a brief history of the development of defamation law and an equally brief introduction to the linguistic aspects of defamation cases, this chapter takes Tiersma's (1978) advice that libel and ... More


A Religious Leader, the TV Media, and the FCC

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/9780195391329.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Although this case was a complaint by the religious group to the FCC for equal airtime to respond and was not tried as a defamation case, it had most of the same features. The group claimed that a ... More


Optometrists vs. Ophthalmologists

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/9780195391329.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

A dispute began when Tennessee optometrists tried to get their state legislature to grant them the right to prescribe therapeutic drugs for their patients. The state's ophthalmologists objected ... More


Otolaryngologists vs. Plastic Surgeons

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/9780195391329.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

When Georgia plastic surgeons were appalled about the state's otolarynogologists announcement that they were broadening their specialization to include head and neck medicine and surgery, the plastic ... More


Infighting in the Hair Care Products Industry

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/9780195391329.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter deals with a videotaped speech given by the head of a large hair care products company. One person in the audience sued the speaker for defamatory statements he made in that speech and ... More


A Policyholder Sues Her Insurance Company

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/9780195391329.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

A man applied for additional life insurance but was rejected by his insurer. Shortly afterward he died and his widow sued the company, which claimed that the insurer failed to disclose that her ... More


An Employee Sues Her Employer

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/9780195391329.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

An employee's resignation from her very responsible position in a company was followed by a series of ongoing contractual relationships, to which many other employees objected to her continuation. ... More


A Corporation Files a Lawsuit against Its Union

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/9780195391329.003.0014
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

During a labor dispute, a union published widely a number of messages that the company believed were defamatory. Discourse analysis and speech act analysis of these messages indicated that they were ... More


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