Forensic Linguistics

; June Luchjenbroers

Forensic Linguistics

Now in its third edition, John Olsson's practical introduction to forensic linguistics is required reading for students of language and the law. Les mer
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Forensic Linguistics

Now in its third edition, John Olsson's practical introduction to forensic linguistics is required reading for students of language and the law.

This third edition has been revised, expanded and updated throughout, and includes new chapters on identifying forensic texts and important interactional aspects of the language used in legal contexts. There is also a substantial chapter on forensic phonetics by Harry Hollien, a world renowned forensic phonetician. The book includes an appendix of forensic texts for student study, and even more exercises and suggestions for further reading.

This practical introduction to forensic linguistics is based on Olsson's extensive experience as a practising forensic linguist and as lecturer on dozens of courses worldwide. Olsson's work has been successfully combined with Luchjenbroers' research into the language used to and by criminals, witnesses and legal professionals, to become essential reading for students, and researchers encountering this branch of applied linguistics for the first time.

Introduction.

Part I: Language as Forensic Evidence
1. The road to authorship
2. The author constructed
3. Time, variation and genre
4. Range of variation
5. Textual Variation
6. Forensic phonetics
7. Cybercrime

Part Two: Dealing with linguistic Evidence
8. Forensic texts
9. Forensic transcription
10. Forensic authorship in practice
11. Investigating author variation in naturalistic data
12. Forensic linguistic evidence in court

Part Three: The legal process: Language and the law
13. Power in legal contexts: The courts
14. Power in legal contexts: The police
15. Vulnerable witnesses
Part Four: Language of the law
16. The law and us
17. The language of statutes

Appendix 1: Forensic texts
Appendix 2: Exercises and exercise commentaries
Appendix 3: Active researchers in the field of the forensic linguistics
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index

Covers the use of linguistics in analysing criminal evidence in legal settings - a vibrant and crucial subfield making important conclusions.

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