Language as evidence: the linguist as expert witness in North American courts
Keywords:Expert testimony, court, North America, linguistic evidence
AbstractThe purpose of this article is a simple one: to give a concise but informative picture of the breadth of linguistic expertise which has been introduced into legal cases through the use of expert testimony by professional linguists in the USA and Canada. Coverage of the relevant material is organized according to major subfields of linguistics, with brief explanations of each subfield provided for readers who are not already familiar with linguistics.
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