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​Language analysis: Possibilities and challenges in BBC Radio 4

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​Language analysis: Possibilities and challenges in BBC Radio 4

Every year, thousands of asylum claimants seeking to find refuge from fear for life in a European Country, lacking passports or other means to substantiate their claimed residential history, are granted asylum with the help of dialect identification. The practice of dialect identification is also assumed to prevent fraudulent claims abusing a system designed for people in real need of protection.

Possibilities and challenges are discussed in Word of Mouth. BBC Radio 4’s weekly language series, takes a look at a different aspect of words, vocabulary and current issues in language every week. An edition on dialect identification in an asylum context will be broadcasted Tuesday, January 20 at GMT 4 p.m. Verified participates by giving the company’s working methods in linguistic origin identification. The programme has 4 million listeners.

BBC Radio 4 is the UK’s national speech radio station. 

For further information, please contact:

Per Lunqe, Press Officer
+46 (0)735 106010

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Linguistic Origin Identification

Verified provides expert testimony regarding linguistic behaviour, in particular relating to an individual’s linguistic background. These services are required by police, migration authorities and immigration attorneys for trials in court. We also assist non-governmental organisations.

Verified employs a dozen of linguists, trained in areas such as creole languages, dialectology, interview technique and forensic phonetics.

Verified has conducted in excess of 24.000 analyses. The use of the same rigorous and well-defined methodology in each case ensures that analysis reports can be assessed and used in a safe and easy way, whether that be during an investigation or in court.

Equally indispensable for a clear and reliable result is the active language competency of a native speaker. To meet this requirement, Verified maintains a network of around 240 native speakers with training in auditory analysis to cover about 100 combinations of linguistic varieties and regions.

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