Linguistic Evidence in Security, Law and Intelligence

Who wrote it? Who said it? Is this text similar to that one? Can we group those texts together? Is this text really what it purports to be? What can we know about the kind of person who generated this text --age, dialect, native language?

These are the kinds of questions that can turn an investigation around, and each one relies on language as evidence. Linguistic evidence can and has already played a crucial role in homeland security, counter-terrorism, criminal and civil investigations, national intelligence, business intelligence and executive protection.

LESLI is an interdisciplinary journal for linguists, computer scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists, attorneys, law enforcement, security executives, and intelligence analysts. As the journal of the Institute for Linguistic Evidence and its membership TALE: The Association for Linguistic Evidence, LESLI provides a forum to present rigorous research, requests for research, and policy discussions.


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TALE: The Association for Linguistic Evidence

TALE is a professional organization for researcher-practitioners in forensic linguistics and professionals in security, law, criminal justice and intelligence. For more information, including membership eligibility requirements, our Honorary Fellows and conferences, please visit  and



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