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ERIC Number: ED472652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 159
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Forensic Linguistics: The Linguistic Analyst and Expert Witness of Language Evidence in Criminal Trials.
Jordan, Sherilynn Nidever
Forensic linguistics (FL) provides consultation to lawyers through the analysis of language evidence during the pre-trial investigation. Evidence commonly analyzed by linguists in criminal cases includes transcripts of police interviews and language crimes (such as bribery) and anonymous or questioned texts. Forensic linguistic testimony is rarely admitted into courts of law, however. A major reason for this is apparently impressionistic methods, which are examined for their objectivity. A further barrier to legal acceptance is that FL experts, like all experts testifying in court, support the claims of whichever side has hired them. Nonetheless, forensic linguists have an ethical and professional responsibility to provide the legal community with reliable and admissible information and help prevent unfair conviction or acquittal of criminal defendants. Legal acceptance of FL expertise should increase as methods improve and as forensic linguists adapt to legal norms. This thesis includes five parts: (1) "The Field of Forensic Linguistics"; (2) "The Evidence Forensic Linguists Analyze"; (3) "The Need to Improve Credibility in the Legal Community"; (4) "Professional and Ethical Issues and Responsibilities for Forensic Linguists"; and (5) "The Future of Forensic Linguistics." Anthrax letters are appended. (Contains 92 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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