This course is an introduction to the way law and legal documents are drawn up and the language used within them. This will be used alongside, showing you how the way law is written has changed alongside the evolution of the English language. The course then expands into language as a crime and the theoretical background to support it.
Using these topics, you will be able to interpret two written texts – acts of Parliament and Wills. Both of these are legal documents.
Your first module will introduce you to Forensic Linguistics and the roles Forensic Linguists, of different expertise, play in the legal system. Whilst explaining the validity of Forensic Linguistic evidence we will also examine possible drawbacks involved and their relationship with the way Forensic Linguistics are viewed by law.