Does digital writing leave fingerprints?
August 2, 2011 11:38 AM Subscribe
"When legal teams need to prove or disprove the authorship of key texts, they call in the forensic linguists. Scholars in the field have tackled the disputed origins of some prestigious works, from Shakespearean sonnets to the Federalist Papers."Decoding Your E-Mail Personality Ben Zimmer, of Language Log discusses the Facebook case and forensic linguistics in the NY Times.
More on forensic linguistics (and forensic stylistics) over at Language Log. For a much more in-depth discussion of the Facebook case, including a plethora of links, Language Log's post High-stakes forensic linguistics has got you covered.
Other linguistic and forensic stylistic analyses and commentary:
Bellweathers to the state of your relationship
Donald Foster's Wikipedia page, follow-up NY Times piece about the real author of Shakespeare's sonnets, the Ramsey murder, and more issues for Foster and the use for forensic stylistics in the anthrax letters case.
Neural Network Applications in Stylometry: The Federalist Papers (this is a JSTOR link to a first page, abstract and downloadable PDF)
Recording police questioning (A NY Times short opinion)
Using linguistic analysis to determine exactly how many events took place in New York on that morning in September: An excerpt from 'The Stuff of Thought' and the final World Trade Center insurance settlement.
Interview with Carole Chaski and the Keyboard Dilemma (Google Books link)
Other forensic linguistics resources:
The Forensic Linguistics Institute, including a corpus of texts!
Institute for Linguistic Evidence
International Association of Forensic Linguists
International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics
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