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Title: Wordcrime
Subtitle: Solving Crime Through Forensic Linguistics
Written By: John Olsson
Description:

"Anyone with the slightest interest in language will find this book
fascinating"
- David Crystal, Honorary Professor of Linguistics at Bangor University, UK

"Tell kids not to worry. sorting my life out. be in touch to get some things."

Instead of being a text message from one partner to another, this text
message turns out to be crucial and chilling evidence in convicting the
deceptive killer of a mother of two. Sent from her phone, after her death,
a few tell tale signs give him away to a forensic linguist. Rarely is a
crime committed without there being some evidence in the form of language.

The book includes the much-discussed dispute between the publishers of The
Da Vinci Code and the author of Daughter of God where Dan Brown was accused
of plagiarism and Olsson provided expert opinion. In another, a US
businessman, falsely accused of defamation, is saved by Olsson’s biting
analysis. There are a series of further chapters where gripping cases are
described - involving murder, sexual assault, hate mail, suspicious death,
code deciphering, arson and even genocide. Olsson describes the evidence he
gave in each one and in approachable and clear prose details how forensic
linguistics helps the law beat the criminals.

This is fascinating reading for anyone interested in language, the law, and
true crime.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Forensic Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1847062598
ISBN-13: 9781847062598
Pages: 208
Prices: U.K. £ 14.99
U.S. $ 21.95