The Aston Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD)

Abstract

The Aston Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD) is a permanent, controlled access online repository for forensic linguistic data. We broadly understand forensic linguistics as any academic research with a potential to improve the delivery of justice through the analysis of language. FoLD thus comprises a wide range of datasets with relevance to forensic linguistics and language and law, including commercial extortion letters, investigative interviews in police and other contexts, legal documents, forum posts from far-right online groups, and comment threads from political blogs. This paper outlines how FoLD works and its potential impact on the general discipline of forensic linguistics.

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Version: Accepted Version

Access Restriction: Restricted to Repository staff only until 1 January 2050.


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