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Article

Expert conclusion on verbal extremism: a dispute over methods

Baltic Worlds. 2016. No. 3. P. 10-19.

The practice of mandatory recourse to linguistic experts’ opinions
in cases pertaining to racial, ethnic, and other types of hatred and
hostility, has caused the vast development of different approaches to
the analysis of the texts. During last ten years, numerous methods for
identifying “verbal extremism” have been recommended. It has been
suggested that the evolution of Russian legal linguistics has not yet
resulted in a “common theoretical basis for linguistic investigation in
court that is shared by all experts”. The current status of the proposed
approach to studying texts in order to identify “hostility and hate” demonstrates
both the difficulty of establishing a general theoretical basis
for forensic linguistics as a whole and the contradictions that arise in
applying the numerous methodologies that exist in Russian science
for studying “extremist” texts.