Recording of Forensic linguistics: Using inductive inference and linguistic pattern recognition to solve crimes with the FBI with Robert Leonard

This is a recording of a live-streamed event that took place on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Appropriate for ages 18 and up.

How can math and linguistics be used together to advance criminal investigations, support social justice, identify plagiarism, and improve our legal system?  Join Dr. Robert Leonard, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Threat Assessment Institute at Hofstra University, for an engaging exploration of this unique new specialty.  Referred to by The New Yorker as "one of the foremost language detectives in the country" and known as one of the world's experts on authorship analysis, Dr. Leonard will share the data that he used in a murder investigation and explain how to find the linguistic clues that help unlock otherwise impenetrable mysteries.  He'll also share case studies demonstrating how analysis of language data has been applied to interrogations, "confessions," and legal testimony to support the innocence of those wrongfully accused of crimes, to identify deception in speech patterns, to improve jury instructions, and to detect plagiarism, even sharpening the distinction between unintended sloppiness and deliberate intent.

This program is intended for mature adult audiences, as the subject matter may at times be inappropriate for children.

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