GENERAL AND LOCAL ISSUES IN FORENSIC LINGUISTICS: ARABIC AS A CASE STUDY

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Judith ROSENHOUSE

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This paper is concerned with four main aspects or parts of forensic linguistics: Forensic linguistics in speech mode and in writing, the special status of Arabic, linguistic problems and possibilities of translation for forensics, and Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO). After presenting these issues in the introduction, we describe the language situation of Arabic, mainly in Israel, in the context of these four issues. The discussion is based on the literature concerning problems of translation and LADO in courts of justice in various countries, including Israel. We consider LADO as a developing field of forensic linguistics, and demonstrate by examples some problems that may rise from speech recordings of Arabic speaking asylum seekers. Based on this survey, we point out in the conclusion some research needs of general forensic linguistics and Arabic related forensic linguistics.

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ROSENHOUSE, J. (2013). GENERAL AND LOCAL ISSUES IN FORENSIC LINGUISTICS: ARABIC AS A CASE STUDY. Comparative Legilinguistics, 15, 53-68. https://doi.org/10.14746/cl.2013.15.4
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