• Class Number 4033
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Dr Yuko Kinoshita
    • Dr Yuko Kinoshita
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
    • Michael Carne
SELT Survey Results

This course focuses on the role that linguistics and languages play within the rapidly growing field of forensic science; namely forensic linguistics. Forensic linguistics is a diverse field that not only has applications in legal and criminal investigations, but also makes important contributions to the military, government and business, and can contribute to literary, historical and cultural studies.

In this course we go through the various sub-fields and issues of forensic linguistics; for example, voice comparison, speaker profiling, authorship analysis, disputed utterance, plagiarism, transcription, translation-interpreting, interrogation and verballing, while explaining the nature of linguistic evidence and the role that linguistics and languages play in the legal proceedings. We also learn about the use of computational and statistical tools in linguistic analyses. The course has no prerequisites; the necessary basic linguistic and statistical ideas and tools will be introduced and explained.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the role of expert evidence relating to language in court , and review and assess the strength of evidence presented by expert witnesses
  2. Understand the different types of linguistic data that can be used as evidence.
  3. Select and apply appropriate methods for identifying authorship of texts
  4. Understand the potentials and limits of forensic voice identification
  5. Explain, and argue for the role of language and linguistics in the legal system

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course & overview What is forensic linguistics? What do we learn this semester?
2 Language as evidence: text What makes language use individualistic? Where does authorship matter? Nature of linguistic evidence? How do we assess linguistic evidence?
3 Language as evidence: text Text authorship attribution Plagiarism Mini quiz 1
4 Language as evidence: speech Introduction to phonetics and forensic phonetics
5 Language as evidence: speech Types of voice comparison Within-speaker and between-speaker variation What affects the assessment LR and Bayesian approach Mini quiz 2
6 Language as evidence: speech Challenges in real life practice
7 Handling of linguistic evidence Voice lineups Mini quiz 3
8 Handling of linguistic evidence Transcription
9 Language and the law, and of the law Language Analysis in the Determination of Origin (LADO) Mini quiz 4 Group presentation
10 Language and the law, and of the law Language of the law Group presentation
11 Language and the law, and of the law Language and disadvantages before the law Group presentation
12 Language and the law, and of the law Language and disadvantages before the law Review of the semester

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial registration will be available on the Wattle site.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
4 short online quizzes 24 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Group presentation 18 % 2, 3, 4, 5
Project report 23 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final exam 35 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 24 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

4 short online quizzes

Four sets of online quizzes (15 min), based on the lecture contents (6% each x 4 quizzes).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 18 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5

Group presentation

Tutorial presentation by a group of three to four, depending on the tutorial size. This is based on a group mini project.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 23 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Project report

Individual report on the group project. This should outline the project’s aim, procedure, results, and shortcomings. (1000 words)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Final exam

A written exam on the contents covered over the semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Yuko Kinoshita

Research Interests

forensic voice comparison, acoustic phonetics, language education, language policy


Dr Yuko Kinoshita

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Dr Yuko Kinoshita
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Research Interests

Dr Yuko Kinoshita

Thursday 14:00 15:00
Michael Carne

Research Interests

Michael Carne

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