International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL <p><em>The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law</em> is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on any aspect of forensic language, speech and audio analysis. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/about">Read more about the journal.</a></p> <p> </p> <p><a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/GL/Metrics"><strong>Metrics</strong></a><br />Journal Impact Factor: 0.44 (Clarivate Analytics, 2021 data)<br />Eigenfactor Score: 0.000070 (Clarivate Analytics, 2020 data)</p> <p>H-Index 2021: 30</p> <p><a href="https://www.scopus.com/sourceid/56921">SCOPUS</a>:<br /><span style="font-size: 0.875rem;">CiteScore 2021: </span><span class="value fontMedLarge lineHeight2 blockDisplay" style="font-size: 0.875rem;">1.1<br /></span><span style="font-size: 0.875rem;">SJR 2021: </span><span class="value fontMedLarge lineHeight2 blockDisplay" style="font-size: 0.875rem;">0.181<br /></span><span style="font-size: 0.875rem;">SNIP 2021: </span><span class="value fontMedLarge lineHeight2 blockDisplay" style="font-size: 0.875rem;">1.224</span></p> Equinox Publishing Ltd. en-US International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law 1748-8885 <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> Global interest meets new perspectives https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/21387 <p>Report of the 15th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, hosted by the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, Aston University, UK</p> Annina Heini Mashael AlAmr Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 251–265 251–265 10.1558/ijsll.21387 Book announcements https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/22533 Richard Powell Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 295–297 295–297 10.1558/ijsll.22533 Suspects’ opportunities to claim their legal rights in police investigative interviews https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/20349 <p>When interviewed by the police, suspects are to be informed that they have the right to remain silent and the right to obtain the assistance of a defence counsel. This article presents a conversation analytic study of how it is established in interaction whether a suspect wants to go through with the interview or end it by invoking their legal rights. The data is a corpus of audio recordings of authentic police interviews conducted in Norway. First, we present a quantitative measure of how often suspects are asked explicit questions about whether they want to exercise their right to silence and/or to legal counsel. Second, we investigate variation in the design of such questions, concentrating specifically on expressions involving a preference for one response option over the other. Third, we discuss formulations used while presenting the rights that may legitimise or inhibit a free and independent decision. The results show that suspects are often not asked to take a stance on their rights, and when they are, such questions often involve a bias towards waiving their rights. And although some officers explicitly inform the suspects that they are free to choose whatever option they like, others provide information about the interview that either presupposes willingness to talk or presents the option of waiving one’s rights as preferable to invoking them. These findings have important implications for the safeguarding of suspects’ rights and form the basis for recommendations to the police about how to give suspects the opportunity to take a stance on their legal rights.</p> Aafke Diepeveen Jan Svennevig Paweł Urbanik Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 171–200 171–200 10.1558/ijsll.20349 A segmentally informed solution to automatic accent classification and its advantages to forensic applications https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/20446 <p>Traditionally, work in automatic accent recognition has followed a similar research trajectory to that of language identification, dialect identification and automatic speaker recognition. The same acoustic modelling approaches that have been implemented in speaker recognition (such as GMM-UBM and i-vector-based systems) have also been applied to automatic accent recognition. These approaches form models of speakers’ accents by taking acoustic features from right across the speech signal without knowledge of its phonetic content. Particularly for accent recognition, however, phonetic information is expected to add substantial value to the task. The current work presents an alternative modelling approach to automatic accent recognition, which forms models of speakers’ pronunciation systems using segmental information. This article claims that such an approach to the problem makes for a more explainable method and therefore is a more appropriate method to deploy in settings where it is important to be able to communicate methods, such as forensic applications. We discuss the issue of explainability and show how the system operates on a large 700-speaker dataset of non-native English conversational telephone recordings.</p> Georgina Brown Javier Franco-Pedroso Joaquin González-Rodríguez Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 201–232 201–232 10.1558/ijsll.20446 Process, tools and agendas in LADO https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/20224 <p>After recapitulating my arguments about methodological flaws in the practices of the company Verified AB in language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO) in asylum procedures, I respond to criticisms of my proposals for an alternative protocol and review the relevance of qualifications, control samples, language variation and scales. I then discuss the interplay of professional competence, ideological bias and understandings of the task and demonstrate the pitfalls of the pre-set framing of the question of the applicants’ background.</p> Yaron Matras Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 233–250 233–250 10.1558/ijsll.20224 Jack Windsor Lewis (7 August 1926–11 July 2021) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/22262 Peter French Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 267 271 10.1558/ijsll.22262 Language maintenance in Malaysia https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/21606 Teresa Wai See Ong Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 273–279 273–279 10.1558/ijsll.21606 Cross-currents https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/21607 Dima Rusho Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 281–288 281–288 10.1558/ijsll.21607 Police and the Policed: Language and Power Relations on the Margins of the Global South by Danielle Watson (2019) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/22532 <p>Police and the Policed: Language and Power Relations on the Margins of the Global South by Danielle Watson (2019)<br />Palgrave Macmillan, xiii + 138 pp</p> Zhengrui Han Lihuan Wu Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-07-08 2022-07-08 28 2 289–294 289–294 10.1558/ijsll.22532