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International Journal of Speech Language and the Law


Reviews Editor

Ph.D Abstracts Editor

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

Please send books for Review to:

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

Jessica Wormald
J.P. French Associates
Forensic Speech & Acoustics Laboratory
86 The Mount
YO24 1AR

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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


Issue 27.2

Accuracy and confidence in estimation of speaker age
Sara Maria Birgitta Skoog Waller

Delivering justice: case study of a small claims court metadiscourse
Karen Tracy

Book Review



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 1 (2020)

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Table of Contents


Assessing the effects of accent-mismatched reference population databases on the performance of an automatic speaker recognition system PDF
Dominic Watt , Philip Harrison , Vincent Hughes , Peter French , Carmen Llamas , Almut Braun , Duncan Robertson 1-34
The fabric of law-in-action: ‘formulating’ the suspect’s account during police interviews in England PDF
Fabio Ferraz de Almeida , Paul Drew 35-58
A phonetic case study on prosodic variability in suicidal emergency calls PDF
Lauri Tavi , Stefan Werner 59-74
The contribution of dynamic versus static formant information in conversational speech PDF
Willemijn Heeren 75-98

Thesis Abstracts

A cognitive and systemic functional approach of the use of personal pronouns in legal discourse: life insurance contracts and court hearings as a case study PDF
Ameni Hlioui 99-101

Book Reviews

Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law Lindsay Keegitah Borrows (2018) PDF
Janny H.C. Leung 103-106
The Analysis of Legal Cases: A Narrative Approach Flora Di Donato (2019) PDF
Qurrat-ul-ain Mukhtar 107-111

Book Announcements

Book announcements PDF
Richard Powell 113-115

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