Forensic Linguistics in the Philippines: Origins, Developments, and Directions

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This Element offers a critical review of forensic linguistic studies in the Philippines. The studies within; collected over a period of eight to nine years; reveal relevant themes from texts in courtroom proceedings; legal writings; and police investigations. The studies also delve into issues of language choice and language policy. The Element begins with a description of language policy in the Philippines; focusing specifically on language in the legal domain. The main body of the Element is the critical review of Philippine forensic linguistics studies. This critical review takes a sociolinguistic stance; in that issues of language and law are discussed from the lens of social meanings and social practice. From this critical review of forensic linguistics studies; the authors hope to chart future directions for forensic linguistic studies and research in the Philippines.