Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin

Current Perspectives and New Directions

  • Peter L. Patrick
  • Monika S. Schmid
  • Karin Zwaan

Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Data for LADO

  3. LADO Analysis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Paul Foulkes, Peter French, Kim Wilson
      Pages 91-116
  4. Complicating Factors and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Monika S. Schmid
      Pages 155-165
    3. Derek Nurse
      Pages 167-192
  5. Use and Evaluation of LADO Reports by the State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Esther M. van Ruth, Michel M. A. Smithuis
      Pages 243-252
    3. Tim McNamara, Doris Schüpbach
      Pages 253-271

About this book


This comprehensive, up-to-date volume reports on current practices and use of Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin (LADO). Readers will find chapters on how it is done, where it is used, how it is used, and learn about recent developments on the use of LADO reports in judicial practice, and current controversies in the field. LADO is a highly controversial topic, and a relatively new branch of forensic linguistics that is used by most European and some non-European governments. When asylum seekers cannot submit documentary proof of their origin, their language can be analysed in order to assess whether their linguistic profile is in accordance with their stated origin. Around 10,000 such language analyses take place annually. This volume is based on the series of meetings of the Language and Asylum Research Group held between 2010 and 2012 and convened by the editors, and offers a state-of-the art perspective from researchers, practitioners, policymakers and stakeholders working on or with LADO.


Bajunis and determination of origin LADO procedure asylum policies in Europe forensic linguistics forensic phonetics legal aspects of forensic linguistics linguistic analysis of asylum seekers linguistic expertise in asylum procedures multilingualism and language of origin transnational languages

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter L. Patrick
    • 1
  • Monika S. Schmid
    • 2
  • Karin Zwaan
    • 3
  1. 1.University of EssexWivenhoe, ColchesterUK
  2. 2.University of EssexWivenhoe, ColchesterUK
  3. 3.Radboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-79001-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-79003-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-5361
  • Series Online ISSN 2452-1027
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