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ForensicLab - Forensic Linguistics Laboratory

 

The Forensic Linguistics Laboratory (ForensicLab) at Institut Universitari de Lingüística Aplicada (IULA) is a centre at Universitat Pompeu Fabra that develops teaching and research activities in forensic linguistics, and makes use of linguistic evidence for forensic purposes in Court. It is a section of the research group (SGR2008-00650), known as Unitat de Variació Lingüística (UVAL), whose activities are structured around the Theory of Language Variation and Change, a model that attributes internal and external validity to teaching, research and expert witness work in forensic linguistics.

Generally speaking, Forensic Linguistics can be defined as the interface between Language and the law. In the context of its broadest sense, this discipline covers all areas where law and language overlap: Language and Law, Language and the Legal Process and Language as Evidence.

Forensic Linguists at ForensicLab are members of the International Association of Forensic Phonetics (IAFP, St. John's College, York, 1991), nowadays called International Association of Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA), and of the International Association of Forensic Linguists (School of English, University of Birmingham, 1992). Finally, it is worth mentioning that the first issue of Forensic Linguistics (at present The International Journal of Speech Language and the Law) was first published in 1994 and that it currently has 19 issues.

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ForensicLab is a Forensic Linguistics Laboratory at UVAL (Unitat de Variació Lingüística)

 

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