A failed appeal

Authors

  • Malcolm Coulthard University of Birmingham

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/ijsll.v4i2.287

Keywords:

expert evidence, linguistic analysis, fabrication

Abstract

This article reproduces the written evidence given in a case taken to the Court of Appeal in England towards the end of 1996. The author shows that an analysis which most linguists consulted found compelling failed to convince judges in a real-world court context.

Author Biography

Malcolm Coulthard, University of Birmingham

MALCOLM COULTHARD is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he has been for the whole of his academic career. He is best known for his work on the analysis of discourse, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis (1977, 1985) and Advances in Written Text Analysis (1994). He has written reports in over 100 cases and has given evidence in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Hong Kong as well as in England. He was founding Chair of the International Association of Forensic Linguists.

Published

2013-05-09

How to Cite

Coulthard, M. (2013). A failed appeal. International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law, 4(2), 287–302. https://doi.org/10.1558/ijsll.v4i2.287

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