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Forensic Linguistics II (SET002)

The second forensic linguistics module deals with the role of the linguist in language reform and in the provision of linguistic evidence in court. We will examine a range of legal texts designed for the layperson, such as the police caution, warning labels and jury instructions, both evaluating the success of attempts to improve their comprehensibility, and producing alternative formulations. We shall then consider the practice and ethics of forensic linguistic evidence and will examine how linguistic analysis can come into play in questions of authorship, language crimes, disputed trademarks and the identification of national origins in immigration cases.

This is a compulsory module on the MA in Forensic Linguistics. It is not possible to take this module as an option on the other MAs.