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International Journal of Speech Language and the Law


Reviews Editor

Ph.D Abstracts Editor

Philipp Angermeyer, York University, Canada
Peter French, JP French Assoc.. & Uni of York, UK
Alison May, University of Leeds, UK
Kirsty McDougall, University of Cambridge, UK

Please send books for Review to:

Richard Powell
Nihon University
College of Economics
Misaski-cho 1-3-2
Chiyoda-ku 101-8360

Alexandra Grey, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

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Mission Statement

The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles on any aspect of forensic language, speech and audio analysis. Founded in 1994 as Forensic Linguistics, the journal changed to its present title in 2003 to reflect a broadening of academic coverage and readership. Subscription to the journal is included in membership of the International Association of Forensic Linguists and the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics.

The journal also carries reports on legal cases, Ph.D abstracts, conference reports and book reviews.

Recent articles include:

  • experimental investigations of phonetic parameters to assess their value in forensic speaker identification
  • experimental investigations of different recording media
  • experimental investigations of lay listeners’ perceptions of speech and non-speech sounds
  • analyses of court transcripts
  • analyses of talk in legal settings
  • demonstrations of software programs for analysis of plagiarism
  • demonstrations of analytic tools for tape authentication
  • discussions of the application of Bayesian statistics to language analysis
  • discussions of problems in transcription of spoken language
  • discussions of the use of language analysis in determining asylum claims


Abstracting & Indexing

Journal Impact Factor 2018 = 0.950 (based on 2017 data)
© 2018 Clarivate Analytics, Journal Citation Reports®

H-Index 2015: 19

CiteScore 2016: 0.38
SJR 2015: 0.173
SNIP 2015: 0.727

Publication and Frequency
June and December

ISSN: 1748-8885 (print) (formerly Forensic Linguistics: 1350-1771)
ISSN: 1748-8893 (online)


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Vol 27, No 2 (2020)

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Table of Contents


Editorial PDF
The Editors 117-121


Remembering Ronald R. Butters:11 February 1940 – 6 April 2021 PDF
Edward Finegan 123-127


Linguistic analysis of suspected child sexual offenders’ interactions in a dark web image exchange chatroom PDF
Emily Chiang , Dong Nguyen , Amanda Towler , Mark Haas , Jack Grieve 129-161
Accuracy and confidence in estimation of speaker age PDF
Sara Maria Birgitta Skoog Waller 163-179
Delivering justice: case study of a small claims court metadiscourse PDF
Karen Tracy 181-208
The framing of judgement by counter: how appraisal analysis of six sentencing remarks provides an insight into judges’ sentencing practices PDF
Xin Dai 209-231
The pandemic and the forensic linguistics caseworker’s wellbeing: effects and recommendations PDF
Roser Giménez , Solly Elstein , Sheila Queralt 233-254

Book Reviews

Strategic Indeterminacy in the Law by David Lanius (2019) PDF
Hesam Mohamadi 255-260

Book Announcements

Book announcements PDF
Richard Powell 261-263

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