Forensic Linguistics Short Course

Please note: The Forensic Linguistics Short Course is now part of div-ling – the Association for Diversity in Linguistics. This website will shut down in due time. Please refer to the new website for up-to-date information.

The summer school “Forensic Linguistics Short Course” addresses subjects within the broadly defined discipline of forensic linguistics. We work with authentic data and use real cases to illustrate theory. We wish for a high degree of participant involvement and encourage critical inquiry and debate.

Our international program offers theoretical and applied introductions on topics in forensic linguistics. In addition, participants are provided the opportunity to present their own research in a poster session, and take part in excursions. Due to the ongoing world-health crisis, the FLsc is currently an online event.

Forensic Linguistics

Today “Forensic Linguistics” functions as an umbrella term referring to research and practice in all those areas where legal and linguistic interests converge. Generally speaking, it is concerned with the role, shape and evidential value of language in legal and forensic settings. Some areas are:

  • authorship profiling and attribution
  • discourse analysis
  • language and meaning
  • organisation of interaction in legal settings
  • structure and semantics of legal instruments
  • comprehensibility of legal instruments
  • linguistic minorities and linguistic human rights

Workshop announced!

For the first time, a workshop in statistics for linguistics will take place directly after the FLsc. Read more.


Date: Aug 08, 2018

sarah lapacz at the forensic linguistics short course

MA student Sarah Lapacz spent a week at the University of Cologne in July, where she attended the Forensic Linguistics Short Course. Read more.

The Forensic Linguistics Short Course was well organized. It was an excellent program during which I have learned a lot about Forensic Linguistics. Thank you for organizing it!
Giovanna G.
Participant in 2019
Thank you for organizing this wonderful course! The scholars are well knowledgeable and very motivated, and the coordinators are helpful in any way possible.
Alice F.
Participant in 2018