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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
Michael Jessen, Bundeskriminalamt, Germany
Alison Johnson, University of Leeds, 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

Please send abstracts of Ph.D.theses for Notice to:

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

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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Table of Contents


International practices in forensic speaker comparisons: second survey PDF
Erica Gold , Peter French 1-20
Formulaic metadiscursive signalling devices in judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union: a new corpus-based model for studying discourse relations of texts PDF
Aleksandar Trklja , Karen McAuliffe 21-55
Functional linguistic variation in Twitter trolling PDF
Isobelle Clarke 57-84
Acoustic characteristics of disguised speech: speaker strategies and listener error patterns PDF
Allan B. Smith , Nealy Mason , Molly E. Browne , Brendan Sullivan 85-95
The effect of speaker sampling in likelihood ratio based forensic voice comparison PDF
Bruce Xiao Wang , Vincent Hughes , Paul Foulkes 97-120

Book Reviews

Common Law in an Uncommon Courtroom, Eva N. S. Ng (2018) PDF
Kwai Hang Ng 121-125
Corpus-based Research on Variation in English Legal Discourse, Teresa Fanego and Paula Rodríguez-Puente, eds (2019) PDF
Zhiying Xin , Jiawei Wang 127-132

Book Announcements

Book announcements PDF
Richard Powell 133-135


Erratum: Connecting Language and Disciplinary Knowledge in English for Specific Purposes: Case Studies in Law by Alissa J. Hartig (IJSLL 25.2)

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