In its broadest sense, “forensic linguistics” covers all areas where law and language intersect:
Legislation; comprehensibility of legal documents; analysis and interpretation of legal texts; legal genres; history of legal languages; legal discourse; multilingual matters in legal contexts; discourse analysis of legal resources; language and disadvantage before the law; language minorities and the legal system; language rights; power and the law; intercultural matters and mediation in legal contexts.
Interviews with vulnerable witnesses; communicative challenges of vulnerable witnesses; police interviews; investigative interviewing; language testing of asylum seekers; bilingual courtrooms and second-language issues; courtroom interpreting; courtroom interaction; courtroom translating; courtroom language; police language; prison language; language addressed to judge and jury in common and civil law courtrooms.
Authorship analysis and attribution; plagiarism; speaker identification and voice comparison; compiling corpora (statements, confessions, suicide notes); computational author identification or profiling; consumer product warnings; language as evidence in civil cases (trademark, contract disputes, defamation, product liability, deceptive trade practices, copyright infringement); dialectology and sociolinguistics; semantics; pragmatics and speech act analysis.
Practice and ethics of expert testimony; presentation of linguistic evidence; linguists as expert witnesses; teaching/testing of forensic linguistics/language and law; language education for law professionals.
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Talk: Thurs 5th December 4-6pm Aston NW104b. All welcome.
Geoff Morrison, AIFL, Aston
Accounting for a six year time difference between questioned and known speaker recordings in a forensic voice comparison case.
Most up-to-date programme online:
The deadline for the submission of abstracts to be part of the panel '‘Critical approaches to discourse in forensic contexts’ at CADAAD 2020 has been extended to Sunday 8th December 2019. Further info: https://www.iafl.org/2019/11/11/forensic-linguistics-panel-at-cadaad-2020/
Dr Karen McAuliffe's (@dr_KMcA) latest article for @OpenAccessGov explores "The Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the EU: The linguistic aspect" #CJEU @ERC_LLECJ #LLECJ https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/the-linguistic-aspect/74292/