Corpus Analysis in Forensic Linguistics

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This entry is an overview of the applications of corpus linguistics to forensic linguistics, in particular to the analysis of language as evidence. Three main areas are described, following the influence that corpus linguistics has had on them in recent times: the analysis of texts of disputed authorship, the provision of evidence in cases of trademark disputes, and the analysis of disputed meanings in criminal or civil cases. In all of these areas considerable advances have been made that revolve around the use of corpus data, for example, to study forensically realistic corpora for authorship analysis, or to provide naturally occurring evidence in cases of trademark disputes or determination of meaning. Using examples from real-life cases, the entry explains how corpus analysis is therefore gradually establishing itself as the norm for solving certain forensic problems and how it is becoming the main methodological approach for forensic linguistics.

Bibliographical metadata

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISBN (Print)978-1-119-14736-7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019