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Forensic Linguistics

Advances in Forensic Stylistics, 1st Edition

By Gerald R. McMenamin

CRC Press

360 pages | 25 B/W Illus.

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Description

Ted Kaczynski's manifesto.

The ransom note for Jon Benét Ramsey.

The anthrax letters threatening our government and media agencies.

With the aid of forensic linguistics, the words criminals leave behind in their unsigned letters can be as distinctive as a signature or voice. Although the linguistic study of language is well established, this important analytical tool is something new for many jurors, judges, attorneys, and other forensic specialists dealing with both criminal and civil cases. Forensic Linguistics: Advances in Forensic Stylistics provides an introduction to the field for those who need to understand what linguist-witnesses do, and aids those experts who need to talk about what they do in non-technical terms.

Stylistics is an identification method which seeks to match one piece of writing to another by analyzing such factors as spelling, text arrangement, abbreviations, word formation, characteristic words and phrases, and syntax. Forensic Linguistics: Advances in Forensic Stylistics documents current advances in this field, including quantitative methods of data analysis, a new way to provide scientific standardization, and new research directed at providing baseline data for determining the significance of style markers.

The book begins with concise coverage of linguistics and writing. It then focuses on the specifics of stylistics, including summaries of over 70 authorship cases. Finally, it presents chapters covering style and stylistics in Spanish, Gujarati, Korean, and Japanese. With a clear and comprehensive presentation, Forensic Linguistics: Advances in Forensic Stylistics helps readers understand recent advances in the theory and method of forensic stylistics for authorship identification.

Reviews

"… It will undoubtedly be received as a standard text on the subject …"

-Roy Huber, author of Handwriting Analysis

Table of Contents

LANGUAGE

Overview

Grammar

Language

References

LINGUISTICS

Linguistics

Applied Linguistics

References

LINGUISTIC VARIATION

Variation

Variation in Language

Variation as Ordered Heterogeneity

Group Vis-á-Vis Individual Variation

The Analysis of Variation

Language as a Discrete Combinatorial System

Another Discrete Combinatorical System: DNA

References

FORENSIC LINGUISTICS

Forensic Linguistics

Areas of Forensic Linguistics

Areas Directly Related to Forensic Linguistics

Areas Inaptly Related to Forensic Linguistics

References

STYLE

The Concept of Style

Style in Language

Evaluation Vis-á-Vis Description of Style

Group Vis-á-Vis Individual Styles

References

STYLISTICS

Style in Language

Linguistic Stylistics

Models of Analysis

Procedural Outline for Authorship Identification Studies

References

THE DESCRIPTION OF STYLE

The Qualitative Analysis of Style

An Example of Qualitative Analysis

References

THE MEASUREMENT OF STYLE

The Quantitative Analysis of Style

Statistical Tests for Significance of Variables

Measures of Authorship Discrimination

Corpus Development of American English

References

FORENSIC STYLISTICS

Forensic Applications of Linguistic Stylistics

Legal Definitions of Stylistics

Linguistic Stylistics as Evidence

Issues in Forensic Stylistic Analysis

The Linguist as Expert Witness

References

CASE STUDY: JON BENÉT RAMSEY

Introduction

Method

Findings: Qualitative

Findings: Quantitative

Discussion

Conclusion

STYLISTIC VARIATION IN AUTHORSHIP CASES

Cases in Forensic Linguistics

Adjudicated Cases

Examples of Unadjudicated Cases

Style Markers Found in 80 Authorship Cases

References

STYLE AND STYLISTICS OF SPANISH WRITING

Abstract (Spanish)

Spanish-Language Style and Stylistics

Style Markers: A Small Corpus of Mexican American Writing

Spanish-Language Cases: Linguistics and Stylistics

References

STYLISTIC FEATURES OF GUJARATI LETTER WRITING: A NOTE, P.J. Mistry

Abstract (Gujarati)

Introduction

Language

Writing System

Literacy

The Letters

Ten Characteristics Common to All Letters

Concluding Remarks

References

STYLE AND STYLISTICS OF KOREAN WRITING, Dongdoo Choi

Abstract (Korean)

Introduction

Method

Findings and Discussion

Word Spacing

Conclusions

References

STYLE AND STYLISTICS OF JAPANESE, Wakako Yasuda

Abstract (Japanese)

Introduction

The Japanese Writing System

Data Collection and Corpus Development

Analysis and Findings

Conclusion

References

APPENDICES

Possible Questions and Responses for Attorney's Direct Examination

Expert Testimony, Susan Morton

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW026000
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science