Legal Languages

  • The history of legal languages
  • The role of literacy in legal languages
  • Legal genres
  • Critical approaches to legal languages
  • Language education for law professionals

Legal Discourse

  • Courtroom, police and prison discourse
  • Investigative interviewing
  • Multilingual matters in legal contexts
  • Power and the law
  • The comprehensibility of legal documents
  • Interviews with vulnerable witnesses in the legal system
  • Language minorities and the legal system
  • Linguistic disadvantage before the law
  • Courtroom interpreting and translation
  • Human rights matters

Law on language

  • Language rights
  • Offensive language
  • The linguist as expert witness

Linguistic evidence and investigative linguistics

  • Forensic phonetics and speaker identification
  • Forensic stylistics- Linguistic determination of nationality
  • Authorship analysis
  • Plagiarism
  • Trademark disputes
  • Consumer product warnings
  • Deception and fraud

Other Related Sub-Themes

  • Computational Forensic Linguistics
  • Intercultural mediation
  • Comparative law
  • Multimodal approaches to forensic linguistics