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Edward Finegan

University of Southern California

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Ed Finegan is professor emeritus of linguistics and law at the University of Southern California and has taught at LSA’s summer institutes at the University of California Santa Barbara, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. His scholarly interests include forensic linguistics, discourse analysis, the discourses of law, corpus linguistics, and lexicography. He has served on the editorial boards of American Speech, Corpora, Discourse Analysis, and English Language and Linguistics, and as founding general editor of the series Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics. He is the editor of Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America. Since 1977 he has served as an expert witness or consultant in scores of legal disputes in US federal district courts and state courts. (Among those for whom he served as an expert linguist are Aretha Franklin, Martha Stewart, and Tom Cruise, as well as DuPont, Victoria's Secret, the United States Postal Service, Bayer, and Lloyd's of London.) From 2011 to 2015 he served as vice-president and president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists.