27. Multilingualism and Forensic Linguistics

  1. Tej K. Bhatia and
  2. William C. Ritchie
  1. Tej K. Bhatia and
  2. William C. Ritchie

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch27

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

How to Cite

Bhatia, T. K. and Ritchie, W. C. (2012) Multilingualism and Forensic Linguistics, in The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition (eds T. K. Bhatia and W. C. Ritchie), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch27

Editor Information

  1. Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. Syracuse University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334906

Online ISBN: 9781118332382

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Keywords:

  • bilingualism;
  • DNA samples;
  • forensic linguistics;
  • language use;
  • linguistic fingerprints;
  • multilingualism

Summary

This chapter focuses on forensic linguistics from the lens of multilingualism without, at the same time, losing sight of trends in monolingual research in forensic linguistics. In this way, this chapter not only fills an important gap in multilingually driven forensic linguistic research but also integrates monolingual and multilingual trends in the field. In the process of pursuing these two main goals, the theoretical notions and approaches of linguistics are identified together with their analytical and methodological tools. Emphasis is placed on case studies conducted by the authors involving some dimensions of bi-/multilingualism involving unconscious dimensions of the bilingual mind and its structure. Although based on unconscious and conscious language usage, linguists can uncover an individual's ‘linguistic fingerprints’, under no circumstances can those fingerprints be considered as unique or as reliable as an individual's DNA.