LINGUIST List 7.1302

Wed Sep 18 1996

Sum: Forensic Linguistics Programs

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  1. Sylvie Thibault, Sum. Forensic Linguistics Programs

Message 1: Sum. Forensic Linguistics Programs

Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 21:10:25 CDT
From: Sylvie Thibault <thibaltcc.UManitoba.CA>
Subject: Sum. Forensic Linguistics Programs
As promised, here are the results of my search for programs in Forensic
Linguistics and/or Linguistics and the Law. Thanks a bundle to all who

Younes Mourchid <>
Charlie Rowe <>
Christen Marie Pearson <>
Paul newman <>
Diana Eades <>
Bernard.S. Jackson" <>
Gregory Ward <>
Malcolm Coulthard <>
Sue Blackwell <>

1-Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana) does not have a Ph.D. program in
 forensic linguistics as such, although there are people with an interest
 in the topic. (Professor Newman, for one, is teaching a brand new
 lower-level undergraduate course in Language and Law this semester.) There
 would be nothing, however, to prevent a student whose area of
 specialization was sociolinguists to write a thesis or a forensic
 linguistics topic. Contact Professor Paul Newman>

2-The Department of Linguistics at the University of New England (Armidale,
 New South Wales, Australia) welcomes applications from students wishing to
 do a PhD in Forensic Linguistics and/or Linguistics and the Law. Special
 interests of staff members include forensic phonetics, semantics and the
 law, sociolinguistics and the law, cross-cultural communication in legal
 contexts (particularly with indigenous groups), translating/interpreting,
 allegedly fabricated confessions.

 One of the department's special interests is in the development of the
 field of forensic linguistics and in 1995 it hosted the second conference
 of the International Association of Forensic Linguists.

 The university offers all its courses, including the PhD, by
 distance/external mode and well as on-campus/internal mode. For further
 information about the department, the PhD or scholarships please contact
 Dr.Diana Eades <>.

3-Professor Bernard S. Jackson at the University of Liverpool is available
 to supervise PhDs in linguistics and the law. His approach may be seen
 from his recent book: Making Sense in Law. Linguistic, Psychological
 and Semiotic Perspectives (Deborah Charles Publications, 1995).
 He has colleagues in both linguistics (Michael Hoey) and psychology
 (David Canter) with whom supervision in forensic linguistics can be
 arranged. Contact Professor B.S. Jackson <>

4-There is no PhD programme in Birmingham because they do not have PhD
 programmes - the British system assumes a firm grounding in Linguistics
 and therefore expects only a thesis. However, Professor Malcolm
 Coulthard is curently supervising theses in the general areas of
 language and the law. Birmingham has a forensic linguistics
 staff/postgraduate research group and they also edit the journal
 Forensic Linguistics from there.
 Contact Professor Coulthard <>

5-Northwestern offers a joint jd/phd program that encompasses language and
 the law.
The Department of Linguistics at Northwestern University participates in
an interdisciplinary J.D./Ph.D. Program, which is open to a small number
of students who intend to pursue an academic career and whose teaching
and research will be enriched by both the J.D. and the Ph.D. degrees.
Dual, parallel admission to the School of Law and The Graduate School is
required. To participate in this program, students should contact the
Director of the Law and Social Science Program (see address below).
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both the School of
Law and the Linguistics Department of The Graduate School, and must have
written approval of the School of Law, the Graduate School, and the
Linguistics Department for participation in the program.

The program allows students to complete both degrees in approximately
six years. Requirements for the J.D. and Ph.D. degrees are determined
by the School of Law, The Graduate School, and the Linguistics
Department for participation in the program. Financial aid is decided
independently by each school. J.D./Ph.D. students who receive financial
aid in the form of loans from the School of Law may be eligible for
forgiveness of all or part of their repayment obligations if they
complete both degrees and accept teaching or research appointments after
completion of their training.

For further information, visit the JD/PhD web page, located at, or contact the Director of the Law
and Social Science Program, Northwestern University, Department of
Sociology, 1810 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL 60208-1330; phone (847)
491-5415; fax (847) 491-9907.

Other contact: Gregory Ward <>, Department of Linguistics,
Northwestern University 2016 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-4090
tel: 847-491-8055, fax: 847-491-3770

7-Electronic information about Forensic Linguistics and Linguistics and
 the Law is available through "Language in the Judicial
 Process" (LJP)

 Updates of the IAFL (International Association of Forensic Linguists)
 can be obtained from this site.

8-General electronic information about universities and journals can be
 obtained through as well as

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