Roger W. Shuy

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This book explores the far-reaching implications for linguistic theory of Eleanor Rosch's seminal work on categorization. A common assumption has been that all members of a category necessarily share a common set of attributes. Rosch's work suggests, instead, that categories are definable in the first instance in terms of best examples, or 'prototypes', and(More)
Medicine is a middle-class phenomenon. The medical interview, an encounter often shrouded with emotion for the patient, may be carried on in jargon with which the patient is not familiar. Major breakdowns in communication exist when doctors cannot or will not speak the patient's language, or vice versa. Recent research examines how much patients are led to(More)
One of the most promising connections that linguistics can make to other fields is to the legal arena, primarily because much of the work in law is done in language and it is often largely about language, either spoken or written. For example, lawsuits, indictments, pleadings, briefs, legal opinions, and, of course, laws and statutes are all revealed and(More)
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