Prospective Researchers

ILE offers a venue for new and experienced researchers in forensic linguistics. Researchers benefit from associating with ILE in several ways:

  • access to software for designing and conducting experiments,
  • access to electronic libraries of research literature and legal rulings in American courts,
  • access to forensically-feasible, ground-truth datasets and the ability to enlarge these datasets,
  • commentaries from our IRB on your experimental designs, as well as
  • the camaraderie of other researchers committed to the ILE paradigm for proactive empirical work in forensic linguistics.

We offer three levels of association depending on your experience and educational background.

ILE Research Associates are professionals who are established in their fields: they have completed a terminal degree, usually the Master’s or Doctorate degrees or hold certifications appropriate to their field. ILE Research Associates partner with ILE for specific purposes that are jointly beneficial to ILE and to the Research Associate’s professional career. ILE Research Associates may publish results independently or in conjunction with other ILE researchers.

ILE Research Interns partner with ILE in order to determine if forensic linguistics is a field in which they want to work. Usually, ILE Research Interns collect data for a specific research agenda or run validation tests of forensic linguistic methods, as data collection and validation testing are fundamental to all work in forensic linguistics and to admissibility. Interns have completed at least the baccalaureate degree and sometimes the Master’s or Doctorate degree.

ILE Student Researchers are undergraduate students in linguistics, psychology, computer science, English or another language who want to learn about forensic linguistics. ILE Student Researchers might expand a particular database, develop a particular computational tool or provide a literature review. These student projects are supervised by Dr. Chaski or another ILE Research Associate jointly with the student’s university mentor or advisor. The university mentor or advisor determines if the student receives college credit for the project.

If you would like to become an ILE Research Associate, Research Intern, or Student Researcher, please complete the following form. An ILE representative will contact you.

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