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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Language of the Law

NEW DISCIPLINE: Prof Monwabisi Ralarala with his co-editor Prof Russell Kaschula at the launch of their book on Forensic Linguistics NEW DISCIPLINE: Prof Monwabisi Ralarala with his co-editor Prof Russell Kaschula at the launch of their book on Forensic Linguistics

Forensic Linguistics, a relatively new academic discipline in South Africa, plays a valuable role in interpreting evidence in a legal context.

Much like ballistic experts, Forensic Linguists may be called upon in court cases to provide linguistic analysis of legal matters, an especially relevant skill in the South African context with its 11 official languages and English being the official language of the legal system.

Fundani academic, Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, supported by the Unit for Applied Law under the leadership of Advocate Noleen Leach, has co-edited (with Prof Russell Kaschula and Prof Georgina Heydon) and published a groundbreaking new book.

New Frontiers in Forensic Linguistics: Themes and Perspective in Language and the Law in Africa and beyond, examines the challenges and offers viable solutions to issues related to language and the law, with particular emphasis on the protection of marginalised African languages.

Senior Lecturer in English Studies at UKZN, Dr Thulani Mkhize, critically reviewed the book and described it as the ‘seminal text in the field’.

“It is excellent that the Paralegal students get the benefit of the book,” she said.

“Other disciplines should take their lead like medicine in respect of the provision of quality healthcare. Linguistic diversity is a resource not a challenge,” she said.

Ralarala says the book explores international forensic linguistic examples, which emerge in Australia as well as the challenges faced by Aboriginal people when embroiled in criminal activities.

New Frontiers in Forensic Linguistics is on sale at African Sun Media and retails for R 380.

Read this Conversation Africa piece https://bit.ly/2PgDKoG on the topic of Forensic Linguistics.

Written by Lauren Kansley

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