About ILE

THE INSTITUTE FOR LINGUISTIC EVIDENCE (ILE) is the first and only non-profit scientific research organization devoted to developing and testing forensic linguistic methods. ILE conducts pioneering research and development for methods of handling language as evidence and provides validated, tested and proven methods for answering forensically significant questions.

ILE’s primary goal is finding out what linguistic methods really work to solve forensic problems like authorship or text authentication by testing those methods on “ground truth” data. When results show that methods are reliable, we publish those methods, their reliability, and make the methods available to the security, legal and intelligence communities through technology transfer to ALIAS Technology LLC.

ILE was founded in 1998 by Dr. Carole E. Chaski as a non-profit, scientific research organization and soon thereafter granted 501(c) 3 status by the United States Internal Revenue Service. ILE was incorporated by Joseph W. Roskos, CPA, JD as a non-profit, scientific research organization, on the 5th of June 1998 in the State of Delaware.

On the 3rd of December 2003, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed ILE as tax-exempt under section 501 (c) 3 and classified ILE as a public charity under 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi).  The public charity status enables ILE to receive funding from donors, private foundations as well as government agencies. ILE has successfully maintained its tax-exempt status since it was first granted.  ILE pays an annual franchise tax to the Delaware Department of State Division of Corporations and files requisite reports to the Internal Revenue Service through S. Thomas Sombar, CPA.

ILE has been funded by the United States Department of Justice National Institute of Justice, research projects for major corporations, and private philanthropy.