Word for Word #22 Forensic linguistics, crime & punishment
When it comes to bugging a suspect, re-interpreting a dusty statute, or presenting evidence in a criminal trial, the shifting tides of language draw the law with them. In this episode, forensic linguist Helen Fraser tests our ear-witness fallibility with speech evidence from a real-life murder case. Plus, the Macquarie team remembers that time they had to investigate a ransom note.
Join us as we explore our language: the ways we use it, the ways we abuse it, and the ways we ultimately change it.
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Many thanks in this episode are due to Dr Helen Fraser. Visit Helen's website at helenfraser.com.au
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