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How can we use linguistic evidence to solve crimes? What does linguistic analysis tell us about legal language? In this course, students learn how to use linguistics for forensic purposes. What can a piece of spoken or written language tell us about its authors? Can linguistic analysis expose inequalities in the legal system? What are the implications of using linguistic evidence for commercial or defense purposes?
How can we use linguistic evidence to solve crimes? What does linguistic analysis tell us about legal language? In this course, students learn how linguistics is used in forensic settings. We ask:1. What can a piece of spoken or written language tell us about its authors? 2. How do we evaluate whether a speaker is telling the truth? 3. Can linguistic analysis expose inequalities and injustices in the legal system?4. What are the social implications of using linguistic evidence outside the courtroom?
Through their experiences with this course, students will be able to:Describe how we can apply linguistic analysis to forensic questionsCategorize the most common types of linguistic evidence and their usesSynthesize common principles from the analysis of legal languageEvaluate the role of linguistic evidence outside of legal domains
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Any 15 points at any level from any subject.
and Lynn Clark
Optional readings will be distributed on Learn.
To access the Learn page for the course, go to Learn and log in with your usual UC username and password. You will see a menu of the courses you are enrolled in.
Domestic fee $785.00
International fee $3,500.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 20 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.