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Word Evidence
     

Word Evidence

by Michael Martin
 

Did you know that everyone has a unique style of communication? Forensic linguists study the grammar, word choices, and accents people use when they speak and write. Learn how what people say-and how they say it-can prove or disprove their connection with a crime.

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Did you know that everyone has a unique style of communication? Forensic linguists study the grammar, word choices, and accents people use when they speak and write. Learn how what people say-and how they say it-can prove or disprove their connection with a crime.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Designed to "help below-level readers access text," the "Forensic Crime Solvers" series offers information about the analysis of various kinds of evidence to solve difficult crimes. Evidently the series editors believe future detectives and aspiring mystery writers among middle readers are avid to discover the methods used by forensic scientists. In this title young crime aficionados are introduced to the work of forensic linguists who study how people use words in letters, notes, e-mail messages, and on answering machines. Several cases are described, including a fictional one in which a false computer suicide note leads to the discovery of a murderer. To confirm or dismiss a suspect's connection with a crime, forensic linguists must analyze speech patterns, regional pronunciations of words, and the syntax and semantics found in sentence structure. Readers will discover that linguists, by carefully examining the writer's unique style, have helped identify criminals like the Unabomber (who sent a 35, 000-word essay to two newspapers), and the Atlanta Olympics bomber, whose printed messages to the police were compared with spelling and punctuation in known samples of his writing. The text is simple and clear, photos abound, and a glossary and bibliography are provided. For middle readers who find crime fascinating (and may be considering a career in forensics), this series will add background to favorite police dramas and prove once more that crime does not pay—unless you are a forensic investigator!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736867900
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Forensic Crime Solvers Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

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