FORENSIC LINGUISTICS INSTITUTE
Forensic Linguistics Tour
In the excerpt below from an alleged suicide note the writer apparently requests not to be resuscitated. However the note was only found much later in a different location completely detached from the scene where the death took place. This type of example demonstrates the importance of context: the forensic linguist needs to take into account the possibility of a relationship between the suicide-related note and context. It also needs to be borne in mind that not all suicide-related notes are suicide notes.