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Name: Robert  A.  Leonard
Institution: Hofstra University
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State and/or Country: NY
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Forensic Linguistics
Selected Publications: 2006. “Meaning in nonlinguistic systems.” In Advances in Functional Linguistics: Columbia School Beyond its Origins, Gorup, Davis and Stern, eds, pp. 309-334. Amsterdam :John Benjamins. [This article seeks to extend the boundaries of linguistic semantic theory to non-linguistic non-random systematized arbitrary expressions of meaning, specifically behaviors dealing with food, architectural space, private space, and construction of social and gender identity, using data primarily from ancient city-states in East Africa and from the U.S. and Asia as well.]

2006. “Semantic Analysis of Swahili Applicative Verbal Extension li” co-author Wendy Saliba. In Advances in Functional Linguistics: Columbia School Beyond its Origins, Gorup, Davis and Stern, eds., pp. 223-237. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [A new analysis of a thorny problem in both Swahili grammar (the applicative extension li) and theoretical semantics (how context-sensitive can grammatical meaning be?)]

2006 Review of “Language in the American Courtroom,” in Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, and Language Policy section of Language and Linguistics Compass, Blackwell electronic journal.

2006 “Forensic linguistics: applying the scientific principles of language analysis to issues of the law.” International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 7, pp.65-70. Melbourne: Common Ground Publishing Pty. Ltd.

2005 “Police interrogation needs videotape.” Newsday, April 28, 2005. [Op-Ed article on the necessity of electronically recording interrogations and confessions: how it protects the rights of suspects, protects the police from accusations of wrongdoing, and saves money for taxpayers as well.]

2005 “Forensic linguistics” In Glenn Yeffeth, ed., An Eclectic Look at NYPD Blue. Dallas: BenBella Books. [The cooperative principle, schemas, pragmatics, inference, dialect and idiolect, the sociolinguistics of language as identity, code-switching, and linguistic accommodation as tools for analyzing courtroom procedure, police interrogation, and how memories can be shaped by questioning.]

2003b “Linguistics and the Law.” Washington, D.C. Legal Times. June 16, 2003. [Explains the background, theory and application of Forensic Linguistics in a special Litigation edition of this law journal.]

2003a “Black English equals any other language.” Newsday, January 22, 2003.
[Op-Ed article on the sociolinguistic role of language and ethnic identification drawing on 25 years of research on dialect and secret language.]

1999a "Dialect, standard, and slang: Sociolinguistics and ethnic American literature"

1999b "Food and ethnic identity: Theory" (co-author Wendy Saliba)

1999c "Southeast Asian Food: the Durian and beyond" (co-author Wendy Saliba)
In George Leonard et al., eds., The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts. New York: Routledge. [Winner of American Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Book award.]

1995 "Deixis in Swahili: attention meanings and pragmatic function." In Ellen Contini-Morava and Barbara Goldberg, eds., Meaning as Explanation: Advances in Sign-Based Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.
Courses Taught: Forensic Linguistics
Language and Law
Field Methods
Language and Society in Africa, Asia and Latin America

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