This is the homepage of the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston University. Forensic Linguistics is the study of language in relation to the law. It includes such topics as the language of the law, how to interpret it and make it accessible; the study of language in the judicial process; and linguistic evidence in court cases. The webpage contains information about courses and education at the centre, including a summer school in Forensic Linguistics, along with short presentations of the staff and some brief descriptions of sample cases they have been involved in. The site contains a brief introduction to the subject as well as information about Forensic Linguistic Advice, Investigation and Research (FLAIR) which is the part of the centre that provides consultancy services in forensic text analysis. In addition it contains a small number of articles written by the staff of the centre, provided in PDF format. The site is easy to navigate and contains useful information for anyone interested in the subject area.
The Forensic Linguistics Institute website offers information about a consultancy company specialising in forensic linguistics (the analysis and study of language in the context of the law). In addition to information about the consultancy services, courses, and books that are for sale, the website provides: introductory information about forensic linguistics; a profile of the project director; and a list of some of the cases in which the company has been involved. It also offers access to a set of sample texts, including: appeals; confessions; police statements; suicide notes; and some historical wills and declarations of war. Interested users can also download for free a set of 1000 mobile phone messages bundled with analaysis software. No guidance in how to use the software is available at the time of review. Although sparse in information of academic value this site may be useful as an introduction to the subject area for students of linguistics or law.
Forensic Phonetics is part of the homepage of Helen Fraser, a linguist at the University of New England (Australia). It is a short article that functions as an introduction to the area of forensic phonetics, which is a sub area of forensic linguistics. Forensic phonetics refers to the application of phonetics in matters concerned with legal cases. Phonetic expertise may, for example, be used in: speaker identification; transcription of recordings; authentication of recordings; and language or accent identification. The website contains many useful links and an extensive bibliography. This site is introductory but may be useful for students and researchers of linguistics.
The Forensic Linguistics mailing list is an online forum for discussions of everything within the subject area of forensic linguistics. The mailing list is hosted by JISCmail, the national academic mailing list service. The area of forensic linguistics is an interdisciplinary subject in the sense that it is concerned with the study and analysis of language in the context of the law. To be able to post on the list registration is necessary but the archives, dating back to 1998, is freely accessible and searchable through the website. This mailing list is a useful resource for researchers and students within the area of forensic linguistics.
The Forensic-Speech-Science.info website was created, mainly, for the purpose of hosting a document entitled Position Statement Concerning Use of Impressionistic Likelihood Terms in Forensic Speaker Comparison Cases. It is a statement made by a number of researchers and professionals within or associated to the area of forensic linguistics. The document is concerned with the logic of assessing speaker comparison data in court cases and how to express the conclusions made by the forensic experts in ways that do not mislead the court. Although the document is quite short, it is of crucial importance for anyone interested in acting as an expert within the subject area of forensic phonetics.
This is the homepage of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics. The organisation seeks to promote research and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas concerning practice, development and research in forensic phonetics and acoustics. In addition it sets down standards of procedures and conduct for those involved in work with forensic phonetics and acoustics. The website is easy to navigate and contains information about the constitution of the association along with codes of practice and resolutions. In addition there is information about conferences and the contents of the first four volumes of the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law. Although the academic content is not extensive this is good starting point for gathering information about forensic phonetics and acoustics, useful for researchers and students in linguistics.
The International Association of Forensic Linguists is an organisation that seeks to promote the study of linguistics as it is used in the context of the law. Among the aims of the organisation are: the alleviation of language-based inequality and disadvantage in the legal system; the interchange of ideas and information between the legal and linguistic communities; disseminating knowledge about the language analysis among practitioners of the law worldwide; drawing up a code of practice for forensic linguists; and the collection of a corpus of relevant material for analysis and study. The website contains the constitution of the organisation along with information about conferences and an extensive bibliography. This is good starting point for any researcher or student interested in forensic linguistics.
The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on any aspect of forensic linguistics. Forensic linguistics is an interdisciplinary subject area that is concerned with the analysis and study of language in the context of the law. In addition to articles the journal publishes reports on court cases; PhD abstracts; book reviews; and conference reports. The website allows free online access to abstracts and full articles, in PDF-format, of all journals from volume 5, issue 1, 1998 and forward, with the exception of the latest two issues where only abstracts and contents are freely available. This is a valuable resource for both researchers and students of forensic linguistics.
The Language and Law website is an online institute concerned with the study of language and the law. It is created and maintained by Peter Tiersma, a researcher of law at Loyola Marymount University. The website focusses on the use of language within the law and contains articles and texts about the often strange and peculiar use of language in legal texts and among lawyers and judges. The website also contains texts concerned with a wide variety of subjects connected to language and law, such as: language rights; promoting the use of plain English in legal texts; forensic linguistics; and Frisian law. The site is easy to navigate and contains valuable information that is useful for both researchers and students of linguistics and law.
Webster's forensic linguistic homepage is collection of resources concerned with forensic linguistics. The area of forensic linguistics is an interdisciplinary subject in the sense that it is concerned with the study and analysis of language in the context of the law. The news section links to newspaper articles about the use of forensic linguistics in court cases and in addition to links to a mailing list and different organisations there are also links to courses in forensic linguistics at universities in United Kingdom and elsewhere. Although the website as such doesn’t contain a lot of information it collects links to a number of very useful resources for both researchers and students in the subject area.