Summer school in forensic linguistic analysis

800px-14-02-21-mainz-RalfR-58The International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis, founded in 2000 by Prof. Malcolm Coulthard, addresses topics to do with the role, shape and evidential value of language in legal and forensic contexts.

It was created in response to a growing demand for a course affording an overview of forensic linguistics while also laying solid foundations for a further study of this relatively new branch of applied linguistics.

The thirteenth edition of the Summer School will take place at the InterCity Hotel in Mainz, Germany, from 2 to 6 September 2013. There are two tracks – introductory level and advanced. The Summer School will immediately precede the First Annual Roundtable in Forensic Lingiustics, organised by The Germanic Society of Forensic Linguistics, which will take place on 7 and 8 September 2013 – more information can be found here.

The Summer School addresses subjects within the broadly defined discipline of forensic linguistics, including the structure of legal language, forensic authorship attribution, copyright issues, plagiarism and its detection, and forensic phonetics. We work with authentic language data and use real cases to illustrate theory. We opt for maximum student involvement and encourage critical inquiry and debate.

Each year we invite world-renowned scholars and/or practitioners to be our guest tutors. This gives the participants the unique opportunity to interact directly with those responsible for recent developments in the field of language and the law and forensic linguistics. Apart from being professional linguists and/or lawyers, all of the tutors have first-hand experience of providing expert evidence for courts of law.

For more information see the website:

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