Asylum and Language Analysis
Language Analysis for Determination of Origin (LADO) is a new branch of applied linguistics, used by governments in processing asylum seekers who are applying for refugee status.
Their body, i.e., medical evidence relating to age, torture, injury, etc.
Their speech, including both what they say about the reasons for their flight (the narrative content) and the way in which they say it (the linguistic evidence)
Since the 1990s, when language expertise in Scandinavian government bureaux first became outsourced to private language firms, governments have appealed to linguistic evidence as one means of verifying asylum seekers’ claims of identity, ethnicity, origin or nationality, in the context of increasing reliance on scientific evidence (e.g., fingerprints, DNA, x-rays) from expert fields to assist in RSD. Academic and forensic linguists refer to this as...
KeywordsAsylum Seeker Refugee Camp Speech Community Language Analysis Linguistic Evidence
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