The first mention of Forensic Linguistics was by Swedish language expert Jan Swartvik in 1968. Swartvik coined the term for a study he was conducting related to Timothy John Evans, who had been executed for the murder of his wife and baby daughter in the 1950’s. Swartvik identified a number of stylistic differences in statements made and this would raise questions regarding their authorship.
The history of forensic linguistics may be much older than 1968, with reference to legal contexts going as far back as the Judgement of Soloman in the Bible. The addition of forensic linguistics as a brand of applied linguistics is a recent development. The definition has stemmed from this and is now, “forensic linguistics, legal linguistics, or language and the law, can be defined as the application of linguistic knowledge, methods and insights to the forensic context of law, language, crime investigation, trial and judicial procedure”
The course aims to explore the discipline of forensic linguistics and give the student a solid overall understanding of the subject.
- What is forensic linguistics?
- A framework for analysing language
- Language of the law
- Author identification/forensic stylistics
- Courtroom and police disclosures
- Language crimes
No previous knowledge is required for this course.
You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you may have during your Forensic Linguistics course. Additionally our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone.
Each module will have short tasks accompanied b a commentary to check ongoing understanding as well as a tutor marked assignment to test the student’s understanding of the topic. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. You will also need to complete a short multiple choice examination.
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