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Working in Language and Law
A German Perspective
 
 
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22 Aug 2007
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Working in Language and Law: A German Perspective is a detailed account of the forensic linguistic work done by the author in the last 35 years. It provides exemplary insights into an ever-expanding field of expert testimony focusing on the situation in Germany since the seventies. Covering all major areas of the field including the problems and caveats of each, it outlines future tasks and developments. Of special interest are the explicit and implicit contrasts between the American and the German 'systems'.


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Working in Language and Law: A German Perspective is a detailed account of the forensic linguistic work done by the author in the last 35 years. It provides exemplary insights into an ever-expanding field of expert testimony focusing on the situation in Germany since the seventies. Covering all major areas of the field including the problems and caveats of each, it outlines future tasks and developments. Of special interest are the explicit and implicit contrasts between the American and the German 'systems'.


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'...is an impressive work that should certainly enjoy wide readership within the language& law community. For those who have a curiosity about FL, this work, while technical, is accessible and nuanced. For those who have a strong interest in FL, especially those practitioners of authorship attribution and language crimes, WLLGP epitomizes the type of care that should be performed in FL analyses. This could only have been achieved by someone of Kniffka's caliber, experience and ability in balancing the fields of linguistics and law.'  - Linguist 

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Contents

List of Figures
Foreword by R.Shuy
Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART 1: THE INTERDISCIPLINARY STATUS OF FORENSIC LINGUISTICS
'Forensic Linguistics': Its Relatives and Neighbours. An Interdisciplinary Perspective
PART 2: FORENSIC LINGUISTIC RESEARCH IN GERMANY IN THE PAST
The Linguist as an Expert Witness in German Courts. A View from the 1970s
Status and Tasks of 'Forensic Linguistic Authorship Analysis'
'Shibboleths' as Data of Linguistic Behavior
PART 3: ONGOING RESEARCH IN FORENSIC LINGUISTICS IN GERMANY
Libel, Linguists and Litigation
A Heuristic Author- and Writer/Typist-Taxonomy
The System and Diagnostic Potential of Orthographic Data in Forensic Linguistic Authorship Attribution
Orthographic Data in Forensic Linguistic Authorship Analysis
PART 4: OUTLOOK AND FUTURE TASKS
Language and Law: Some Needs
Outlook
References
Notes
Index of Authors
Index of English Terms
Index of German Terms


Authors

HANNES KNIFFKA is Professor of General and Applied Linguistics at Bonn University, Germany. He has published articles on sociolinguistics, 'culture-contrastive' and anthropological linguistics, text linguistics and forensic linguistics., and his books include Elements of Culture-Contrastive Linguistics(1995) and Recent Developments in Forensic Linguistics ( editor, 1996).