• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Computer Science, Criminology

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 in what areas and fields forensic linguistics is relevant.
  2. Understand the different types of linguistic data that can be used as evidence.
  3. Select and apply basic methods for analysing linguistic evidence.
  4. Understand the potentials and limits of linguistic evidence.
  5. Explain the role of language and linguistics in the legal system.

Other Information

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Online quizzes (4) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Group presentation on mini project (1000 words) (20) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Project report: Individual report on the group project (1500 word) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final exam (2500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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This course requires a total of 130 hours of work, including:

  •   Weekly two one-hour lectures, in which all necessary background and knowledge relevant to this course will be introduced and discussed.
  •   Weekly one one-hour tutorial, in which some problems/issues related to the topic introduced will be discussed.
  •   Nine hours of preparation and review for the contents of each topic; including the readings of the papers for each topic.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LING6105

Prescribed Texts

John Olsson, June Luchjenbroers (2014, third edition) Forensic Linguistics. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472569578


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3219 23 Feb 2026 02 Mar 2026 31 Mar 2026 29 May 2026 In Person N/A

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