Forensic Linguistics: Law and the Science of Language
Jul 11 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Alameda County Conference Center
125 12th Street, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94607
Law and the Science of Language
Speaker: Joseph J. Devney, M.A.
Linguistics is the study of language and how it works. Forensic linguistics refers to
the intersection of linguistics and the law.
This 90-minute introductory program will describe several of the subdisciplines of
linguistics and illustrate how they can be used in investigations and trials. The presentation
will include real-life examples from both civil and criminal cases, and
class participation. Applications of forensic linguistics include: anonymous texts,
disputed contract clauses, trademark challenges, identifying falsified or fabricated
texts, analyzing voice recordings—any case in which language is evidence.
Joseph Devney holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from
Georgetown University and a Certificate in Forensic Linguistics
from Hofstra University, and has taught linguistics at Holy
Names University in Oakland. He is a member of the International
Association of Forensic Linguists.
Who should attend
Legal and law enforcement professionals who want a better understanding of what
can be learned by analyzing written and spoken language.
Date and time
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Registration 5:30 p.m.
Program 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Alameda County Law Library
125 Twelfth St. (at Oak St.)
3 short blocks from Lake Merritt BART
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Street parking is available.
By BART: Exit at the Lake Merritt station at 9th and Oak Streets. The Law Library is three blocks east of the BART station at 12th and Oak Streets and caddy-corner from the Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
You may bring your own covered drink and/or snack to Conference Room 8, but no food in the rest of the library.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call the Law Library at 510-272-6483.