[Ads-l] TV series of some relevance (on terrorism and dialect variation)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 2 01:49:51 UTC 2017

(Apologies for cross-posting if there’s anyone besides me on both the Forensic Linguistics list and ads-l.)

The Discovery Channel, available on some U.S. cable networks, is running a miniseries on the capture of the Unabomber, focusing on how FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald solved the case using forensic linguistic tools.  (Fitzgerald posts periodically to the forensic linguistics list, but I had no idea he was the one who in essence was responsible for catching the Unabomber.). The series is described in the links below, 



As the URL for the second link indicates, this piece also touches on a dialectologically relevant aspect of the series.  

Bonus:  The Times review contains this addition to our nominalized adjectives file, participial division; the speaker quoted is the president of the Discovery Channel.

“Discovery wasn’t a big player in scripted,” Mr. Ross said in a telephone interview. “Our goal was to diversify the kind of storytelling we do.”

Yup, “in scripted”.


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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