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Georgetown, DE, United States, 2009/10/09 - The Institute for Linguistic Evidence (ILE) and announced today the first round of mini grants awarded through its ongoing forensic linguistic research initiatives - LinguisticEvidence.org / ALIASTechnology.com.
These first round mini grant awards are directed toward those proposals submitted for development of effective, practical strategies for ILE’s ongoing validation of forensic linguistic evidence methods and systems:
Roger Stritmatter, Ph.D Associate Professor at Coppin State University "Bringing Forensic Studies to Bear on the Question of Who Wrote the 1846 Hydrarchos Satire"
Gbenga Ibileye,Ph.D_Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Literary Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU) Zaria, Nigeria "Demographic Analysis of Ransom Texts in Nigeria's Niger Delta Region."
“We are delighted to support our colleagues’ challenging but critical work in forensic linguistics," said Dr. Carole Chaski, executive director of ILE. "These grants will provide the funding and flexibility to further validation testing for all scientifically rigorous and court-admissible forensic methods.”
Grant proposals were received from the United States, Europe and Africa, demonstrating that linguistic evidence has become increasingly important to civil, criminal and security investigations throughout the world. WIth grants ranging between $500 and $2500, applications received independent reviews from the ILE Review Committee and executive director, Carole E. Chaski, Ph.D. The first solicitation of ILE mini-grants in 2009 produced more applications than expected and those proposals that could not be funded were invited to submit to future solicitations.
Next month ILE (linguisticevidence.org) will announce remaining mini grant awards for ground-truth data collection proposals. The Institute for Linguistic Evidence has a long standing record of performing ground-truth data collection and litigation-independent validation tests. A recent report from the National Academy of Sciences highlights the continuing need to determine how well forensic methods actually work on ground-truth data, independent of any litigation. Ground-truth data is essential to honest validation testing, because only ground-truth data provides the known provenance about texts which is an unqualified standard of the research process at the ILE.