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Working in Language and Law

A German Perspective


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Hannes Kniffka
      Pages 1-23
  3. The Interdisciplinary Status of Forensic Linguistics

  4. Forensic Linguistic Research in Germany in the Past

  5. Ongoing Research in Forensic Linguistics in Germany

  6. Outlook and Future Tasks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Hannes Kniffka
      Pages 237-264
    3. Hannes Kniffka
      Pages 265-271
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 272-291

About this book


Working in Language and Law is a detailed account of the forensic linguistic work done by the author in the last 35 years. It provides exemplary insights into an ever-expanding field of expert testimony, focusing on the situation in Germany since the seventies and covering all major areas of the field.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bonn UniversityGermany

About the authors

HANNES KNIFFKA is Professor of General and Applied Linguistics at Bonn University, Germany. He has published articles on sociolinguistics, 'culture-contrastive' and anthropological linguistics, text linguistics and forensic linguistics., and his books include Elements of Culture-Contrastive Linguistics(1995) and Recent Developments in Forensic Linguistics ( editor, 1996).

Bibliographic information


' an impressive work that should certainly enjoy wide readership within the language& law community. For those who have a curiosity about FL, this work, while technical, is accessible and nuanced. For those who have a strong interest in FL, especially those practitioners of authorship attribution and language crimes, WLLGP epitomizes the type of care that should be performed in FL analyses. This could only have been achieved by someone of Kniffka's caliber, experience and ability in balancing the fields of linguistics and law.' - Linguist