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Applied Linguistics in the Courtroom
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Aneta Pavlenko
Professor of Applied Linguistics
Temple University 

Diana Eades
Adjunct Professor
University of New England, Australia


Applied linguists are increasingly being asked to provide expert opinions in legal cases involving second language (L2) dialect speakers. The purpose of this colloquium is to consider what novice experts need to know in order to present expert evidence in court. The presenters will address a range of issues, from communication and understanding of rights to assessment and faking of L2 comprehension to comprehensibility of written legal texts, in the context of relevant applied linguistic research. We will also discuss ways of maintaining scholarly integrity while being hired by one party, yet required to advise the court in a non-partisan manner.

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