Forensic linguistics

Ria C Perkins*, Timothy D Grant

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This article provides an overview to the field of forensic linguistics. Forensic linguistics is a subfield of applied linguistics and is concerned with language relating to the law and forensic settings. Due to the expansive nature of this relatively new field, only the main areas of forensic linguistics are considered (these should by no means be considered the limits of forensic linguistics). Through a discussion of casework and research, this article aims to increase awareness and provide an introduction into the field of forensic linguistics and its potential applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Forensic Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780123821652
ISBN (Print)9780123821669
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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