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Recent Developments in Forensic Linguistics

Edited by Hannes Kniffka - In cooperation with Susan Blackwell and Malcolm Coulthard

Hannes Kniffka

This is a selection of papers presented at two 1993-conferences on various areas of research in 'language and law', the Bonn, July 1993, First International Conference of the «International Association of Forensic Linguists» and the 'Forensic Linguistics'-Workshop at the Xth World Congress of AILA in Amsterdam, August 1993. The volume documents theoretical (linguistic) implications, methodological postulates, a variety of analytical techniques and tools, professional and ethical maxims and the multitude of «real world»-problems faced and tackled by the forensic linguistic expert giving testimony in court. It marks the beginning of a truly international discussion of representatives of the field from various countries and cultural backgrounds.
Contents: Forensic Linguistic Author- and Speaker-Identification - Ways of Looking at Evidence - Forensic Linguistic 'Differential Diagnosis' - Forensic Application of Error Analysis - Statistics of Analyzing Short Criminal Texts - Speaker Identification of Disguised Voices - 'Verbatim' Transcripts - Ethics.