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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Forensic linguistics is where linguistic expertise, techniques and analyses intersect with legal processes. In this subject students explore a range of areas of law in which linguistics can contribute to evidence. In exploring topics such as author attribution, speaker identification and courtroom discourse, students learn about diverse linguistic methods and theory and their practical application to real world problems.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTonya Stebbins

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOnline workbook and other assessments.

Capstone subjectNo

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Learning resources

An introduction to forensic linguistics: Language in evidence

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorCoulthard, M., Johnson, A., & Wright, D.


Edition/Volume2nd Ed

PublisherMilton: Routledge


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Independently apply elements of analysis discussed and rehearsed in class to novel data in short exercises
02. Evaluate the appropriateness of others forensic linguistic evidence and justify this view in writing
03. Extend knowledge learnt in class by exploring an issue in detail and applying skills. Present in writing.

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