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Syntactic Cartography as a Forensic Linguistics Tool: A Retrospective Analysis of Prepositional Phrases in Two Appellate Court Cases

Abstract This thesis argues for the utility of syntactic cartography in representing and analyzing the disputed language of legal statutes. It presents an analysis of two appellate court cases, Flores-Figueroa v. United States (2009) and In re Sanders (2008). Each case involves a difference of opinion with respect to the position and function of prepositions found in 18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1) and 11 U.S.C. § 1328(f), respectively. Informing the tree structures are Merlo and Ferrer's (2006) six diagnostics for PP attachment: head dependence, optionality, iterativity, ordering, copular paraphrase, and deverbal nouns. In Flores-Figueroa, the analysis yields a conclusion that affirms the court's decision, as does the analysis in Sanders, although ... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Petersen, Justin Bruce (Author) / van Gelderen, Elly (Advisor) / Renaud, Claire (Committee member) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / forensic linguistics / law / syntax
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 94 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis English 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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