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Fall 2017
Jan 18, 2018
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LING 402 - Forensic Linguistics
This course provides students with an overview of the broad field of Forensic 

Linguistics – namely, linguistic science applied in legal settings.  Topics covered 

include the language of police and suspects (e.g. the language of ‘consensual’ 

searches, interrogations, confessions, advising of/requesting right to counsel); 

language crimes (e.g. solicitation, conspiracy, bribery, threats, perjury, plagiarism); 

and linguistics as evidence (e.g. identifying anonymous authors of documents 

associated with criminal activity, identifying anonymous voices).  We will also 

discuss the status of linguistic evidence in court and how best to disseminate 

relevant knowledge about linguistics to law enforcement practitioners, judges, 

lawyers, juries, etc.  The course will incorporate lecture, class discussion, 

demonstrations and exercises pertaining to language crimes and linguistic evidence, 

and presentations by practitioners in the field. Students will conduct a term 

research project and present their results in (1) a final paper suitable for 

presentation at a professional linguistics or forensic linguistics conference or 

publication in an appropriate academic journal, and (2) a final presentation to be 

presented at the end of the term. Students will also be expected to participate 

actively in class and complete all in-class exercises.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Linguistics Department

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