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Title: Forensic Linguistics
Contributor(s): Eades, Diana  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Forensic linguistics refers to the use of linguistic expert evidence in legal proceedings, and more broadly, to linguistic research in legal contexts. Most forensic linguistic work published in English pertains to the common law adversarial legal system of the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. Any area of linguistics can have a forensic application. In order to do forensic linguistics, a person must qualify as a linguist, specializing in a particular area, such as phonetics or sociolinguistics. There are a few graduate programs in forensic linguistics, but most practitioners are linguists with a doctorate in their specialization who apply this expertise to legal questions and contexts.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences, p. 313-314
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780521866897
Field of Research (FOR): 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940406 Legal Processes
940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Category Description: N Entry In Reference Work
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