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What Plagiarism Is – and Is Not

TASA ID: 1475

A brief definition: plagiarism is knowingly appropriating another’s original words and/or ideas and presenting them as one’s own.

As a student, scholar, and professional writer, I have long been familiar with the standards governing academic honesty and plagiarism.  I applied these to many academic publications, including my master’s and doctoral theses.   I dealt with student plagiarism at various times in my professorial career (1967-1980), and later, as a speechwriter and corporate communicator, I applied these standards to ensure that the content of my work products, including professional articles, was either original or properly attributed.  

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Problems in Pocatello, Fiery Funerals and Infighting in Frisco: Anthropology Goes to Court

TASA ID: 921

Anthropologists enter the field for many reasons.  There are, for some, the promises of adventure, the mystique of the foreign and the lure of unlimited cultural possibilities. There are, for others, the desire to study and eventually try to help the poor, the dispossessed and the oppressed of the world.  There are, for others still, the need to take on an academic discipline that offers intellectually challenging ideas and a way of frequently putting together oppositional views.  

Category: Linguistics

When a Lawyer Needs a Linguist

TASA ID: 1475

When does a lawyer need a linguist?  As Roger Shuy, one of the most pre-eminent forensic linguists has observed, the interpretation and application of the law are overwhelmingly about language.  Thus, there are many situations in which the expertise of a linguist - someone trained in the precise description and analysis of language (but not necessarily a person who knows many languages) - can make substantial contributions to a case..
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