Process, tools and agendas in LADO: a rejoinder

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After recapitulating my arguments about methodological flaws in the practices of the company Verified AB in language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO) in asylum procedures, I respond to criticisms of my proposals for an alternative protocol and review the relevance of qualifications, control samples, language variation and scales. I then discuss the interplay of professional competence, ideological bias and understandings of the task and demonstrate the pitfalls of the pre-set framing of the question of the applicants’ background.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-250
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Speech, Language and the Law
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • arabic
  • kurdish
  • lado
  • migration
  • variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Law


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