Using forensic linguistics for plagiarism detection


21.01.2019 bis 21.01.2019, 12:00 - 13:30


Raum: N.0.43
Hauptgebäude, NordTrakt Mitte Ebene 0


Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik


Plagiarism has attracted the interest of the general audience in recent years, not the least due to high-profile cases that involved famous politicians and journalists, not to mention artists, musicians and even academics. However, not all cases labelled as plagiarism are indeed plagiarism, and in order to ensure that any suspicion of plagiarism is assessed justly and fairly, expert evidence is required. This session shows how Forensic Linguistics, the field of applied linguistics focused on the interaction between language and the law, has assisted both the courts and educational institutions making informed decisions about potential instances of plagiarism. Linguistic strategies commonly used to plagiarise are presented, and the appropriate tools and techniques to detect them will be showcased. A discussion then ensues of the implications of considering intention and intentionality in the analyses, and of whether intention can be linguistically detected, or, on the contrary, intention is a psychological and not a linguistic issue. Finally, the relevance of linguistic analyses in forensic cases involving suspicion of plagiarism will be debated.


Dr. Rui Manuel de Sousa da Silva (University of Porto)


Alexander Onysko / Nikola Dobric [ Email: / ]