LING 220 - Forensic Linguistics for Criminal Justice
Semester Hours: 3
Once A Year
Primarily through the lens of U.S. law enforcement, counter-intelligence, and threat management, this week-long intensive course offers a case-based approach to solving legal and law enforcement problems through linguistic analysis. The course will use data from actual cases taken from the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, U.S., State, and local police, and will discuss the path from investigation to prosecution in U.S. courts. This course demonstrates how forensic linguistics augments legal analysis by applying rigorous, scientifically accepted principles of linguistic analysis to legal evidence such as letters, confessions, contracts and recorded speech. Topics include linguistic theory, the structure of meaning systems and their arbitrary nature, sociolinguistic analysis of variation in dialect and language, the apparent “sub-dialects” of American males and females, gestures, intercultural communication, language and social organization, and the role of standard dialects, non-standard varieties, and slang in delineating social groups.
May not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. May be repeated once for credit, under advisement, when content varies. (Formerly U.S. Investigatory and Litigation Applications of Forensic Linguistics)
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