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In the introductory article of this special issue on the language of denial, some relevant concepts in relation to denial, speech act and discourse theory are explored. Stanley Cohen’s distinction between literal, interpretative and implicatory denial is illuminated, as well as the contribution of various scholars on the performative function of language. At the end of the article the relevance of these concepts for (cultural) criminology is explained.
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Translated title of the contributionLanguage of denial: introduction
Original languageDutch
Article number1
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalTijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2017