To assist those who wish to know more about Forensic Linguists and what they do, I asked BARD AI to construct a pretend conversation. It resulted in a situation I have actually worked on as a Forensic Linguist:
Scene: A forensic linguist's office, 16:16 PST, July 9, 2023.
Forensic Linguist: Hello, Ms. Smith. I'm Dr. Jones, a forensic linguist. I'm here to help you with your case.
Ms. Smith: Thank you for meeting with me. I'm really glad that I found you.
Forensic Linguist: I'm glad I could help. So, can you tell me a little bit about your case?
Ms. Smith: Sure. I'm a writer, and I recently received some anonymous hate mail. The letters are very threatening, and I'm starting to worry about my safety.
Forensic Linguist: I see. Well, I can help you analyze the letters and see if there's anything about them that can give us a clue about the sender.
Ms. Smith: That would be great. I'm really hoping that you can help me catch this person.
Forensic Linguist: I'll do my best. So, let's take a look at the letters.
(The forensic linguist and Ms. Smith spend the next hour analyzing the letters.)
Forensic Linguist: Well, I've analyzed the letters, and I have a few things to say. First, the sender is definitely someone who is familiar with your work. They're able to quote your writing verbatim, and they seem to know a lot about your personal life.
Ms. Smith: That's what I thought. I've been wondering if someone I know is behind this.
Forensic Linguist: It's possible. But it's also possible that the sender is someone who is just very interested in your work.
Ms. Smith: I guess that's possible. But either way, I'm still scared.
Forensic Linguist: I understand. But I think that if we can figure out who the sender is, we can take steps to protect you.
Ms. Smith: I hope so.
Forensic Linguist: Well, I'll keep working on this. I'll let you know if I find anything else.
Ms. Smith: Thank you. I really appreciate your help.
Forensic Linguist: You're welcome.
(The forensic linguist and Ms. Smith shake hands.)
Ms. Smith: (to herself) I hope Dr. Jones can catch this person. I'm so scared, but I'm also starting to feel a little bit better knowing that I'm not alone.