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ᴄʜɪʟʟ @TheChillum
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Becoming a Word Sleuth: Anonymity works sometimes, but forensic linguists are a pesky lot. An English professor @Vassar (linguistics sleuth) correctly exposed @Newsweek’s Joe Klein as the anonymous author of a novel on Bill Clinton's first run.…
ID’ing Kaczynski as the author of an anonymous manifesto helped lead to his conviction.

Fitzgerald and Leonard worked on the JonBenét Ramsey case, too, helping in 2006 to rule out someone who falsely confessed to killing her in 1996.…
Most of forensic linguistics isn't that high profile, though. It's painstaking work, done outside the limelight in front of a computer.

“I guess all forensic sciences suffer from what's called, 'The CSI Syndrome,' where everything is tied up neatly in a bow in an hour.”—Leonard
“What I look for in students is [that they are], of course, highly intelligent and able to go through language data in infinitesimal detail. To not only know about how language works in terms of languages and dialects and interaction among people in different social groups..”
“... in different languages, ... but also to be able to focus on the most minute of data points, and understand the context in which it occurs.”
Now I know what I (and so many others) should’ve went to school for. Heh.
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