The Language of the Law

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Summer Semester 2020

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154151 The Language of the Law 2 HS Di 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.306 Ronan
Course Description

This course deals with all aspects of the use of language in crime and in the legal system. Amongst others, this includes how to carry out speaker identification and how to determine authorship of texts. We will also evaluate strategies of language use in police interviews and in the legal process, both by law enforcement agencies and by members of the public, we will deal with questions of authorship rights in copyright violation cases, trademark violation and plagiarism. All of these issues will be discussed in class and the concepts will be applied to the evaluation of authentic data. To participate successfully in this course, participants need to have a good command of the core areas of linguistics, as well as a good command of English (C1).

In the course, students will become familiar with the field of the language of the law/ Forensic Linguistics. We will identify and learn to apply appropriate approaches for the study of linguistic evidence in the context of the law.

Course Requirements

Course reading and course requirements will be discussed in the first session.

2009 603, 703, 704 603, 802 603, 802 703
2016 603, 703, 704 603, 802, 803 603, 802, 803 703
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
PO vor WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 6a, 7bc, 8b
  • Komp: 4ac, 3b
1ab, 2ab
PO ab WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 6a, 7bc, 8b
  • Komp: 4ac, 3b
1ab, 2ab