The practice of mandatory recourse to linguistic experts’ opinions in cases pertaining to racial, ethnic, and other types of hatred and hostility, has caused the vast development of different approaches to the analysis of the texts. During last ten years, numerous methods for identifying “verbal extremism” have been recommended. It has been suggested that the evolution of Russian legal linguistics has not yet resulted in a “common theoretical basis for linguistic investigation in court that is shared by all experts”. The current status of the proposed approach to studying texts in order to identify “hostility and hate” demonstrates both the difficulty of establishing a general theoretical basis for forensic linguistics as a whole and the contradictions that arise in applying the numerous methodologies that exist in Russian science for studying “extremist” texts.
Dmitry V. Dubrovskiy
Assistant Professor, SIPA, and Associate Research Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Headed the program of human rights at Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University. Senior research fellow, Russian Museum of Ethnography.