Linguistics Expert Witness Woodland 532963

Expertise Description

I have an experienced linguistics expert witness with over 35 years in the field. My expertise includes how human language works, the syntax and semantics of English, cross-linguistic and diachronic comparison of languages, the structure of words and sentences and how these relate to meaning, language in popular use and what this tells us about cultures and human cognition, and how the scientific study of language can elucidate matters of policy, particularly in the domain of trademark law and statutory interpretation. I have provided numerous clients with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony for more than 15 years as a linguistics expert witness.

Areas of Expertise

Relevant Experiences

As a specialist in analyzing word and sentence structure with more than 30 years of experience in the field of linguistics, I am qualified to render an expert opinion on questions of author identity. I wrote expert reports and testified at deposition for two cases of this kind. In both cases I analyzed texts known to have been written by an individual and compared them to other texts that were believed to have been written by the same individual. One of these cases involved internet slander. The other involved what were believed to have been forged emails and text messages. In both cases, I was able to build a compelling case for the claim that the individual in question was indeed the author of the problematic texts, based on the an identification of telltale linguistic patterns.


Degree Subject Institution
Ph.D. Linguistics University of California – San Diego
B.A. Humanistic Psychology University of California – Santa Cruz

Awards & Affiliation

University of California Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools
Executive Committee, and chair of the Committee on Publications, Linguistic Society of America
Admissions Committee, Graduate Group in Linguistics
Steering Committee of the UC Davis Division of Social Sciences
Executive Committee of the UC Davis Institute for Social Science

Primary Affiliation

University of California Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools