The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics provides a unique work of reference to the leading ideas, debates, topics, approaches and methodologies in Forensic Linguistics.

Forensic Linguistics is the study of language and the law, covering topics from legal language and courtroom discourse to plagiarism. It looks at the linguist as expert providing evidence for the defence and prosecution, investigating areas from blackmail to trademarks and warning labels.

The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics includes a comprehensive introduction to the field written by the editors and a collection of thirty-seven original chapters written by the world’s leading academics and professionals, both established and up-and-coming, designed to equip a new generation of students and researchers to carry out forensic linguistic research and analysis.

The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics is the ideal resource for undergraduates or postgraduates new to the area.

Malcolm Coulthard is Professor of Forensic Linguistics at Aston University, UK. Author of numerous publications, the most recent being An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics (co-authored with Alison Johnson, Routledge, 2007).

Alison Johnson is Lecturer in Modern English Language at Leeds University, UK. Previous publications include An Introduction to Forensic Linguistics (co-authored with Malcolm Coulthard, Routledge, 2007). 

Contributors: Janet Ainsworth, Michelle Aldridge, Dawn Archer, Kelly Benneworth, Vijay Bhatia, Ronald R. Butters, Deborah Cao, Malcolm Coulthard, Paul Drew and Traci Walker, Bethany Dumas, Diana Eades, Susan Ehrlich, Fiona English, Tim Grant, Peter Gray, Gillian Grebler, Mel Greenlee, Sandra Beatriz Hale, Chris Heffer, Elizabeth Holt and Alison Johnson, Kate Howarth, Michael Jessen, Krzystof Kredens and Ruth Morris, Greg Matoesian, Gerald McMenamin, Frances Rock, Laura Felton Rosulek, Nancy Schweda-Nicholson, Roger Shuy, Lawrence Solan, Elizabeth Stokoe and Derek Edwards, Peter Tiersma, Tatiana Tkaèuková, David Walsh and Ray Bull, David Woolls, and Jerome Bruner.

chapter 1|16 pages

Introduction Current debates in forensic linguistics

ByAlison Johnson, Malcolm Coulthard

part 1|2 pages

2 Participants in police investigations, interviews and interrogation

chapter 7|16 pages

Citizens’ emergency calls Requesting assistance in calls to the police

ByPaul Drew, Traci Walker

chapter 8|15 pages

Miranda rights Curtailing coercion in police interrogation: the failed promise of

ByMiranda v. Arizona Janet Ainsworth

part 1|2 pages

3 Courtroom genres

part 1|2 pages

4 Lay participants in the judicial process

chapter 18|16 pages

Rape victims The discourse of rape trials

BySusan Ehrlich

chapter 20|19 pages

Vulnerable witnesses Vulnerable witnesses in the Criminal Justice System

ByMichelle Aldridge

part 2|2 pages

1 Expert and process

chapter 23|14 pages

Trademark linguistics Trademarks: language that one owns

ByRonald R. Butters

chapter 25|17 pages

The forensic phonetician* Forensic speaker identification by experts

ByMichael Jessen

chapter 26|14 pages

The forensic linguist The expert linguist meets the adversarial system

ByLawrence M. Solan

part 2|2 pages

2 Multilingualism in legal contexts

part 2|2 pages

3 Authorship and opinion

chapter 31|14 pages

Experts and opinions In my opinion

ByMalcolm Coulthard

chapter 32|21 pages

Forensic stylistics Theory and practice of forensic stylistics

ByGerald R. McMenamin

chapter 34|16 pages

Plagiarism Four forensic linguists’ responses to suspected plagiarism

ByMalcolm Coulthard, Alison Johnson, Krzysztof Kredens, David Woolls

part |2 pages

Section III New debates and new directions