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    DescriptionFrom the accusation of plagiarism in The Da Vinci Code, to the infamous hoaxer in the Yorkshire Ripper case, the use of linguistic evidence in court and the number of linguists called to act as expert witnesses in court trials has increased rapidly in the past fifteen years. An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence provides a timely and accessible introduction to this rapidly expanding subject. Using knowledge and experience gained in legal settings - Malcolm Coulthard in his work as an expert witness and Alison Johnson in her work as a West Midlands police officer - the two authors combine an array of perspectives into a distinctly unified textbook, focusing throughout on evidence from real and often high profile cases including serial killer Harold Shipman, the Bridgewater Four and the Birmingham Six. Divided into two sections, 'The Language of the Legal Process' and 'Language as Evidence', the book covers the key topics of the field. The first section looks at legal language, the structures of legal genres and the collection and testing of evidence from the initial police interview through to examination and cross-examination in the courtroom. The second section focuses on the role of the forensic linguist, the forensic phonetician and the document examiner, as well as examining in detail the linguistic investigation of authorship and plagiarism. With research tasks, suggested reading and website references provided at the end of each chapter, An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics: Language in Evidence is the essential textbook for courses in forensic linguistics and language of the law.

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    An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics
    Language in Evidence
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Malcolm Coulthard, By (author) Alison Johnson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415320238
    ISBN 10: 0415320232

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LAN
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
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    BIC subject category V2: CF
    B&T General Subject: 480
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 04
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25600
    DC22: 363.25
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 06
    BISAC V2.8: LAW041000
    DC22: 340.14
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: K2287.5 .C68 2007
    Thema V1.0: CF, LAR, JKVF1
    Illustrations note
    2 black & white tables
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    Publication date
    28 January 2008
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    Table of contents
    Chapter 1. Approaching a Forensic Text Chapter 2. The Language of the Law Chapter 3. Legal genres Chapter 4. Collecting Evidence Chapter 5. Order in Court Chapter 6. The Work of the Forensic Linguist Chapter 7. The Work of the Forensic Phonetician and the Document Examiner Chapter 8. Idiolect and uniqueness of encoding Chapter 9. On Textual Borrowing Chapter 10. The Linguist as Expert Witness