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ERIC Number: EJ866984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Testing the Claims of Asylum Seekers: The Role of Language Analysis
Eades, Diana
Language Assessment Quarterly, v6 n1 p30-40 2009
Language tests in immigration contexts typically perform a gate-keeping role in decisions about whether an applicant should be granted residence or citizenship in a new country. In refugee contexts, so-called language tests or language analyses also play a gate-keeping role, but a more ambitious one; namely that of providing answers to questions concerning the genuineness or honesty of asylum seekers' claims about their origins, whether national, regional, or ethnic. That is, the way that an asylum seeker speaks in an interview with immigration officials is analysed or assessed to help in the determination of whether to accept this person's claims about their origins. It is this assessment of language that is the subject of this article, in which I will explain the methods used and then highlight some problems that have been addressed by linguists. The acronym LADO is used to refer to such "language analysis" used for the determination of origin, but it should be understood that much of the "language analysis" in this area appears quite superficial. (Contains 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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