Forensic linguistics

Definition of Forensic linguistics

A technique concerned with in depth evaluation of linguistic characteristics of text, including grammar, syntax, spelling, vocabulary and phraseology, which is accomplished through a comparison of textual material of known and unknown authorship, in an attempt to disclose idiosyncrasies peculiar to authorship to determine whether the authors could be identical. U.S. v. Clifford, C.A.Pa., 704 F.2d 86. See Fed.Evid.R. 901. See also Comparative interpretation; Comparative stylistics; Comparison of handwriting.

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