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Eades, Diana

  1. Kate Haworth

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0348

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Haworth, K. 2012. Eades, Diana. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Dr Diana Eades (1953– ) is a key figure in the field of forensic linguistics (FL), especially due to her work on linguistic disadvantage faced by speakers of Aboriginal English in the Australian legal system. An important aspect of her work is a dedication to the practical, applied use of linguistic research for the furtherance of equality and justice, especially through increasing understanding within the legal system (and other professional groups) of the communicative challenges faced by speakers of nonstandard language varieties. Eades has been involved in FL since its earliest days, has acted as an expert linguistic witness in several cases, and has published extensively on FL-related topics for over 20 years to date. Key publications include the 1995 edited collection, Language in Evidence: Issues Confronting Aboriginal and Multicultural Australia (Eades, 1995a); Courtroom Talk and Neocolonial Control (Eades, 2008a), a critical sociolinguistic analysis of language and power in the courtroom; and Sociolinguistics and the Legal Process (Eades, 2010), an accessible introduction to this area. She continues to be an active and highly respected figure in the field.


  • intercultural communication;
  • sociolinguistics;
  • forensic linguistics