Forensic linguistics


The use of linguistic knowledge, methods, and insights to provide linguistic evidence during a criminal investigation.

Alternative labels

language and law
applied forensic linguistics
legal linguistics

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Forensic linguistics is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Linguistics lecturer: Linguistics lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, linguistics, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants
for the preparation of lectures and of exams, for grading papers and exams and for leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of linguistics, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.

Optional knowledge

Forensic linguistics is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Graphologist: Graphologists analyse written or printed materials in order to draw conclusions and evidence about traits, personality, abilities and authorship of the writer. They interpret letter forms, the fashion of writing, and patterns in the writing.
Linguist: Linguists study languages scientifically. They master languages and can interpret them in terms of their grammatical, semantic, and phonetic characteristics. They research the evolution of language and the way it is used by societies.




  1. Forensic linguistics – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022