Forensic linguistics is a field of applied linguistics involving the relationship between language, the law, and crime.Wikipedia article - confirm accuracy against a verified source.
Applies the theories, constructs and analytical methods of linguistics to questions which arise in civil, criminal and security investigations and adjudication.
Information about forensic linguistics and also famous cases. Includes links to videos and eBooks.
What is forensic linguistics?
The field of forensic linguistics has been growing in prominence in the past couple of decades.
Finding a murderer through text messages
Forensic Linguistics: Finding a Murderer Through Text Messages Malcolm Coulthard teaches Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, Birmingham. Coulthard explains how the analysis of text messages helped solve a recent murder case. This puts him on the new frontier of police work.
Linguists are frequently asked to help the police and courts when there is a dispute over the authorship of a written text -- suicide note, abusive or threatening letter, email or text message. In this excerpt from his inaugural lecture, Professor Coulthard explains the concepts he used to help identify the authorship of text messages in a recent murder trial.