Linguistics is the area of expertise focusing on language.
Attorneys request for linguistics experts, as the study of language can be used to prove or disprove certain aspects of a case.
The meaning, intention, style, mannerism, grammar, syntax, and cultural context of language may all be studied for the purpose of litigation, the result of which may be beneficial to reaching a successful outcome to a lawsuit.
Linguistic expert witnesses have multifaceted backgrounds in the use of language, both spoken and written, for various legal contexts.
The field of forensic linguistics is especially concerned with the semantics and meaning of language, as the intention of one party to another may be misunderstood or misrepresented, resulting in some type of dispute.
Contractual disputes, for instance, may be brought about by an unclear statement contained within a contract, leading to future questions and/or disputes over the initial meaning regarding the agreed upon terms.
Linguistic expert witnesses are often brought in for such cases to provide an expert opinion based on the analysis of said document.
Linguistics expert witnesses are skilled with evaluating cases of the following:
- Disputed authorship
- Language libel
- Undercover recordings
- Threat assessment
- Other linguistics-based topic
Forensics linguistics may also be used for evaluating courtroom testimony and any type of spoken or written evidence used throughout the proceedings of a court case.
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