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April 14, 2009 Shuy, "Attacking the Bureaucratic Language of Car Sales" (437- 448) Questions for Shuy, “Attacking the Bureaucratic Language of Car Sales” Why was Mitchell Bien suing the car dealership? He was suing him for negligence, gross negligence, flase imprisonment, infliction of emotional distress, fraud, violations of the states Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and violations of the Texas Human Resources code’s protection of the handicapped. What was Shuy’s role in the lawsuit? He was responsible for the linguistic analysis of the written notes between the salesmen and Bien. His analysis of the writing on the notes ultimately confirmed, with minor modifications, Bien’s view of the order of their written exchanges. He testified in the trial, showing how he went about his analysis. He reported this in article in Forensic Linguists . What is bureaucratic language, and how did it influence the car salesman’s behavior toward Bien? Bureaucratic language is characterized by specialized functions, adherence to
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