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> Fit to provoke fear? Uptakes and textual travels of threatening communications in legal genres https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/18869 <p>This article examines what happens when two disparate types of genres collide, here the heterogeneous and illicit genre of threatening communications on the one hand and the fixed and institutional legal genres of legislation, indictments and verdicts on the other. By following the different uptakes (Freadman 1994, 2002) – including the specific types of textual travels (Heffer, Rock and Conley 2013) – of threatening communications into judgments from 50 Danish threat cases, the author both considers how this central piece of language evidence is relayed to the courts and how the overall genre of threats is taken up by the Danish legal system. The findings show that some of the instability of the genre of threats rub off onto the indictments, specifically in their task of relaying the linguistic evidence of oral threats as accurately and transparently as possible. The study concludes that each genre in the legal genre set (Devitt 1991) plays a distinctive role in managing the collision between the heterogeneity of threats and the stringency of the legal system.</p> Marie Bojsen-Møller Copyright (c) 2022 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-09-14 2022-09-14 29 1 1–36 1–36 10.1558/ijsll.18869 A legislative theatre study of simultaneous interpretation in legal proceedings https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/20610 <p>This paper explores simultaneous interpretation in legal proceedings. Using the legislative theatre techniques of Augusto Boal within the specific circumstances of Welsh and English in courts in Wales, the study explores a mock jury’s response to experiences of hearing proceedings via simultaneous interpretation. The study explores the impact of the interpreter’s presence on the process and considers the extent to which bilingual participants in the legal process are aware of non-bilinguals’ different experiences, and the extent to which those who listen to the proceedings via an interpreter may conflate the identity of the party/witness with that of the interpreter. It concludes with a number of recommendations in order to make monolinguals and bilinguals aware of the effects of interpretation and of the interpreter’s impact on communication.</p> Catrin Fflûr Huws Rhianedd M Jewell Hanna Binks Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-09-14 2022-09-14 29 1 37–59 37–59 10.1558/ijsll.20610 Vowel convergence does not affect auditory speaker discriminability in humans and machine in a case study on Swiss German dialects https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/19954 <p>In this study, we examined whether the convergence in interlocutors’ vowel acoustics leads to decreasing discriminability between interlocutors’ voices. Ten pairs of Grison and Zürich German speakers produced lexical items before and after dialogue interactions with evidence of vowel convergence in post-dialogue productions. In Experiment 1, native and non-native Swiss German listeners discriminated pairs of speakers whose speech was obtained pre- and post-dialogue. Results showed that listeners’ sensitivity (A’) was higher for native than non-native listeners, but comparable for pre- and post-dialogue recordings. The observed negative correlation between voice discrimination and the acoustic distance in formant space was mainly driven by a single speaker pair. In Experiment 2, the speaker recognition performance of an i-vector-based software was compared in pre- and post-dialogue speech. Results revealed no difference in the system performance between the two conditions. The findings suggest that vowel convergence does not compromise voice discriminability under the given experimental conditions.</p> Elisa Pellegrino Thayabaran Kathiresan Volker Dellwo Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-03 2022-11-03 29 1 60–84 60–84 10.1558/ijsll.19954 The effect of sampling variability on overall performance and individual speakers’ behaviour in likelihood ratio-based forensic voice comparison https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/23731 Bruce Xiao Wang Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-03 2022-11-03 29 1 99–103 99–103 10.1558/ijsll.23731 Remembering Dr Janet Cotterill (1968–2022) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/23281 Chris Heffer Frances Rock Michelle Aldridge Lise Fontaine Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-10-10 2022-10-10 29 1 90–94 90–94 10.1558/ijsll.23281 Professor Harry Hollien (1926–2022) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/24263 Ruth Huntley Bahr Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-03 2022-11-03 29 1 95–98 95–98 10.1558/ijsll.24263 Book announcements https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/24417 Richard Powell Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-03 2022-11-03 29 1 110–114 110–114 10.1558/ijsll.24417 IAFPA 2022 conference report https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/23708 Bryony Nuttall Kristina Tomić Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-10-10 2022-10-10 29 1 85–89 85–89 10.1558/ijsll.23708 Law, Language and the Courtroom: Legal Linguistics and the Discourse of Judges Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski and Gianluca Pontrandolfo (2021) https://journal.equinoxpub.com/IJSLL/article/view/24416 <p>Law, Language and the Courtroom: Legal Linguistics and the Discourse of Judges Stanislaw Gozdz-Roszkowski and Gianluca Pontrandolfo (2021) Routledge. 268pp.</p> Le Cheng Xiuli Liu Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. 2022-11-03 2022-11-03 29 1 104–109 104–109 10.1558/ijsll.24416