English has failed often as the main language of court in proceedings - this impacts testimony and must be addressed.
For decades, forensic linguists have helped crack cases involving false author attribution, masked voices, false confessions in criminal cases and copyright disputes.
Most of the accused in criminal cases in South Africa would not be able to understand the record of their court proceedings.
Forensic linguists are called as expert witnesses in court cases to provide linguistic analysis of legal documents and other forms of oral and documentary evidence – including emojis.
Forensic linguistics can play a valuable role in interpreting evidence.
Analysing the words used to place blame or give evidence can change how we see a situation.