Forensic linguistics is the application of the tools, concepts and analytical techniques of linguistics to legal issues involving language. It has at least 13 sub-disciplines, of which I practice four. My expertise in these legal applications derives from my linguistic studies in granmmar, semantics, phonetics, dialectology, language change, lexigcography, and stylistics, as well as from my many years of writing and editing experience. Here is how all of this experience applies to legal cases:.
Forensic Semantics: Analysis of and expert opinion on the meaning of words, phrases, clauses, paragraphs, etc., in legal, personal, and commercial communication (e.g., interpretation of contracts, wills, prenuptial agreements, laws and regulations; trademark/copyright infringement).
Forensic Stylistics: Analysis of the syntax, style, word choice, spelling, punctuation, rhetorical strategies, and other features of anonymous, disputed, or forged documents (including e-mails); expert opinion on plagiarism, authorship and/or characteristics of author.
Virginia Rhodes, EdD has over 35 years experience in Urban School District Policy, Development, and Administration and Teaching. Dr. Rhodes' specialty is persistently failing city schools.
Background - Dr. Rhodes provided consulting services to an international firm on certain aspects of U.S. public school practices prior to their exploration of a related market sector. She also acted as a consultant to the University of Cincinnati Career Center assisting in the development of pre-service teacher hiring expectations. Dr. Rhodes was retained by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to co-investigate a study for mental health and achievement factors related to excessive student mobility.
As a Consultant to AdvancedEd Accreditation Team School Evaluation, she has evaluated various high schools on issues of performance. Dr. Rhodes has researched and written numerous articles on school mobility, achievement, culture, and STEM (NSF). She has delivered lectures on urban school district policy and other related topics to various groups and educational institutions.