Adjunct Faculty

Spring 2019

Betsy Barry

Betsy Barry

Instructor, Linguistics

OFFICE: 122 Modern Languages
EMAIL: betsy.barry@emory.edu
Office hours: Fridays 10 – 11/Or by appointment

Betsy Barry is an applied linguist who has spent the last dozen years working in the legal profession. She specializes in forensic investigation in civil and criminal cases for both plaintiff and defense. Her expertise lies in the development and application of principled linguistic methods for analyzing large, natural language data sets of unstructured text in situations where fact-finding and intelligence gathering must be carried out in a reliable, consistent and defensible manner. She employs a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, from "big-picture" assessments, to fine-tuned, linguistic investigation, designed to transform collections of unstructured, text-based natural language into primary data, becoming troves of documentary evidence that support, or refute, the legal narrative(s) of a case. Betsy has worked on some of the biggest class action suits of the past decade, from product liability to shareholder derivative litigation.

Betsy earned her doctorate in Linguistics from the University of Georgia (2008) with concentrations in Humanities Computing, Corpus Linguistics and Language Variation. These applied linguistic subfields provided an indispensable foundation for her career as an industry linguist working in a legal/law enforcement framework. In addition to forensic linguistics, Betsy's research endeavors have broadened to content-based Big Data analytics in the policy realm. Overall, she is interested in applying linguistic expertise to information governance, data collection and management, and any large-scale, content-focused text analysis that assists in leveraging the massive amounts of critical information housed in text-based natural language corpora.

She is the currently Vice President of Research and Development at Illocution Inc., a company specializing in large-scale, forensic linguistic investigation in complex civil litigation. She writes about the intersection of linguistics and the legal profession here: https://illocutioninc.wordpress.com/

Linguistics Courses | Spring 2019
LING 385 Forensic Linguistics

Michael Olsen

Mike Olsen

Instructor, Linguistics

OFFICE: 122 Modern Languages
EMAIL: molsen6@emory.edu
Office hours: TuTh 1:15–2:15, by appt.

Mike is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Georgia with an MA in Applied Linguistics from Southern Illinois University (2014). His research interests include sociolinguistics and dialectology, second language acquisition, and applied corpus linguistics. Mike has previously taught Sociolinguistics in Spring 2018; he has also taught introductory courses in linguistics at the undergraduate level and a myriad of university-level courses in English as a Second Language.

Linguistics Courses | Spring 2019
LING 318 Second Language Acquisition
LING 385 Corpus Linguistics