TALE is an association of highly committed professionals dedicated to advancing linguistics as a forensic science through reliable methods and standards for forensic linguistic evidence.

Through TALE, you can

  • develop standards for forensic linguistic evidence
  • earn certifications in forensic linguistics technologies
  • enjoy mentor-mentee relationships in our FLX Forum
  • receive referrals for case work
  • continually update your profile in our Members Directory
  • contribute to research in forensic linguistics in our cross-disciplinary journal LESLI: Linguistic Evidence in Security, Law and Intelligence and other academic publications.


TALE has two tracks: Security, Law and Intelligence Professional (SLIP) and Researcher-Expert Practitioner (REP).

These two tracks reflect the cross-disciplinary nature of forensic linguistics and enable our members to develop partnerships between the primary stakeholders in the field.

The SLIP Track is for: law enforcement officers, detectives (private and government), security and intelligence analysts, executive security specialists, interviewing and interrogation specialists, and human resource executives.

The Researcher-Expert Practitioner track is for experts with active research programs reflecting their academic preparation as linguists, psychologists and cognitive scientists, statisticians, and computer scientists.

Within each track, you may choose one of four levels of membership reflecting your training, education and expertise. The levels four levels are Student, Provisional Member, Member, and Fellow.


Benefits of TALE membership include:

  • referrals for cases involving forensic linguistic evidence
  • access to discussion forums on forensic linguistics
  • subscription to the peer-reviewed academic journal LESLI: Linguistic Evidence in Security, Law and Intelligence, published by the Institute for Linguistic Evidence – the first and only independent venue for research and development in forensic linguistics
  • early information regarding the TALE conference
  • reduced rate for subscriptions to forensic linguistic software
  • a professional profile on the TALE website, optionally linked to your other websites

Click here to learn more about TALE

Click here to join The Association for Linguistic Evidence.

Find your place within a distinct, flourishing interdisciplinary field of forensic science. 

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