Institute for Linguistic Evidence

Institute for Linguistic Evidence | Forensic Linguists

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The Institute for Linguistic Evidence was founded in 1998, the first non-profit scientific research organization devoted to developing and testing methods in forensic linguistics. The Institute was founded, at the urging of my program manager Dr. Dick Rau, when I completed my Visiting Research Fellowship (1995-98) at the US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. Dick believed that research was fundamental to improving forensic sciences in general, and forensic linguistics in particular. ILE supports the vision that forensic linguistics must be built on real research.


  1. To research and develop proven and reliable methods for answering forensically significant questions about language
  2. To develop methods based in linguistic theory, standard analytical techniques in linguistics, and computational linguistics
  3. To educate the public and legal systems about the proper use of language as evidence and the danger of using methods not grounded in linguistics