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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

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Richard Powell
Nihon University
College of Economics
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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 2021 = 0.368 (based on 2020 data)
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Eigenfactor Score 2021 = 0.000070 (based on 2020 data)
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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


‘What you’ve got is a right to silence’: paraphrasing the right to silence and the meaning of rights PDF
Alex Bowen 1–29
Style variability in disfluency analysis for forensic speaker comparison PDF
Lauren Harrington , Richard Rhodes , Vincent Hughes 31–58
Interpreting as creating a potential for understanding: insights from a Danish courtroom PDF
Martha Sif Karrebæk , Solvej H. Sørensen 59–97
Predicting veracity in online hotel reviews using types of reported speech, speaker identity and quotation marks PDF
Mark Winston Visonà 99–123


Remembering Bethany K. Dumas, JD, PhD PDF
Philip Gaines 125–126
In remembrance of Dr John Gabriel Christopher Luke Olsson PDF
June Luchjenbroers 127–128

Thesis Abstracts

A forensic phonetic investigation of regional variation and accommodation in West Yorkshire PDF
Katherine Elizabeth Earnshaw 129–132
A study on the automatic representation mechanism of legal discourse information PDF
Hong Wang 133–138
A study of psycho-correction discourse in community correction under restorative justice from the perspective of individuation PDF
Jie Zheng 139–143
Questioning and answering strategies in Malaysian criminal proceedings: a corpus-based forensic discourse analysis PDF
Nurshafawati Ahmad Sani 145–148
Power and resistance in interrogations of suspects in the Egyptian judicial process PDF
Neveen Al Saeed 149–153

Book Reviews

Language and Online Identities: The Undercover Policing of Sexual Crime Tim Grant and Nicci MacLeod (2020) PDF
Emily Chiang 155–160
Resolution of Conflict of Interest in Chinese Civil Court Hearings: A Perspective of Discourse Information Theory Yunfeng Ge (2018) PDF
Hong Wang 161–165

Book Announcements

Book Announcements PDF
Richard Powell 167–169

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