Investigations with Forensic Linguistics - Corinne Seals

Date Friday 22 February 2019
Time 12pm - 1pm
Where KG.02
Presenter Corinne Seals
Contact Alexandra Cullen
Contact email
Admission Cost Free

How accurately do people remember what they hear?  How good are people at identifying voices?

Can people disguise their writing enough to get away with a crime?  These questions are investigated through forensic linguistics - the intersection of language and the law.

In this talk, Corinne Seals, Senior Lecturer from the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies – Victoria, will present some of the science behind forensic linguistics to explain how this field assists in solving crimes and in supporting due process. Drawing upon real cases, this talk will show how forensic linguistics investigates the reliability of witness testimony as well as questions of authorship.

Bio: Corinne Seals – Senior Lecturer School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies – Victoria, University of Wellington.

Corinne Seals is a senior lecturer of applied linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington. In addition to teaching forensic linguistics, she actively practices as a forensic linguist in New Zealand in criminal and procedural cases.

Prior to coming to New Zealand, she worked with the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, DC on heritage language and language policy research, with integrated learning programs in Washington state, and with forensic linguistics in Washington, DC.

Corinne also regularly conducts research in and publishes on linguistic landscapes, language policy, community and classroom ethnographic approaches, and language and sexuality. She also regularly serves as a forensic linguist for New Zealand based legal cases and investigations.

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This event is being hosted by New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science