Social Science – Sociology Intercultural Communication/Assignment 5- Question #3


Movie Clip

You just viewed a scene from the film Presumed Innocent starring Harrison Ford. Fords character is a prosecutor and he is accused of committing murder.
Suddenly the colleagues he has been friends with for years are trying to send him to prison. In this particular scene, a pre-trial motion is being heard before the judge. What is being decided is whether something Ford said, out of anger, to one of his colleagues is admissible in court. 

  • Relate what the text says about dialects to the statement Yeah, your right as it is being dismissed by the judge.
  • How does one know the meaning of the actual words versus the real meaning intended? Explain in detail.