Dr. William G. Eggington

Brigham Young University
4064c JFSB, Linguistics and English Language Department,
Provo, UT 84602
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Phone: (801) 422-3483
Fax: (801) 422-0906
Dr. William G. Eggington

Professor Eggington has been a consultant and expert witness in many criminal, civil, federal and state cases involving assessment of English language proficiency, trade name disputes, the grammar and meaning of contracts, authorial attribution, hate crime determination and language policy legislation.

Originally from Australia, Dr. Eggington is an applied sociolinguist, a field that involves the study of how people use language in natural settings. He has co-edited three books that focus on the role of the English language nationally and internationally, and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in volumes published by major national, international and professional association presses. In addition to this work, he conducts research on matters involving language and the law. This "forensic linguistic" research has resulted in the following publications and presentations:

Publications:

“Finding Justice in Translation: Recent American Jurisprudence Affecting Due Process for Linguistic Minorities Together with Practical Solutions” (with Judge Lynn W. Davis, Maxwell Alan Miller, Adam Prestidge). In Harvard Latino Law Review. Spring 2011.

“Deception and Fraud.” In Dimensions of Forensic Linguistics, M. Teresa Turell and John Gibbons (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins 2008.

Research presentations:

Measuring Language Ability in Legal Contexts (with T. Cox). Georgetown University Roundtable on Languages and Linguistics 2012. Georgetown University, Washington D.C. March 2012.

"Some Matters American Jurisprudence Should Know about the English Proficiency of Linguistic Minorities." West Coast Symposium on Language and the Law. San Diego State University, August 2011.

Elicited Imitation as a Determiner of the Need for a Court Interpreter” (with T. Cox and S. Wood). International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference, Birmingham, U.K. July 2011.

“The Consequences of Feigned Comprehension in Interrogation Settings” (with T. Cox and S. Wood). International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference, Birmingham, U.K. July 2011.

“Toward solving the language testing paradox in English language planning, teaching and learning.” Invited Opening Plenary Speaker, Current Trends in Language Testing Conference, Dubai, UAE. November 2010. Funded by U.S. State Department.

“Toward solving the language testing paradox in English language planning, teaching and learning”. Teacher seminar, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, November 2010. Funded by U.S. State Department.

“Fake Comprehension Strategies by Non-native English Speakers in Police Interrogations.” International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference, Amsterdam, NL., July 2009.

“Linguistic Elements of Hate Crimes,” International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference, Seattle, WA, July 2007.

“Resolving Trade Name Legal Disputes through Corpus Research” (with M. Davies). The American Association of Applied Corpus Linguistics. American Association of Applied Corpus Linguistics.” Flagstaff, Az., October 2006.

“Studies in Forensic Linguistics for Pre-Law Students.” International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference, Cardiff, Wales, July 2005.

From Brand Name to Generic Name: The Kelley Blue Book Cases”. American Names Society Conference at Linguistics Society of America conference, Boston, MA, January 2004

From Brand Name to Generic Name: The Kelley Blue Book Cases. International Association of Forensic Linguistics Conference. Sydney, Australia, July, 2003.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Ph.D. Linguistics, University of Southern California, 1985.
M.A. Linguistics, University of Southern California, 1981.
B.A. English and Teaching English as a Second Language, Brigham Young University, Hawaii, with secondary teaching credential, 1975.

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Forensic Linguistics,
Linguistics Society of America,
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Professor of Linguistics, Brigham Young University (1988 - present);
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Northern Territory University, Australia (1984 - 1988;
Numerous conference presentations related to issues involving forensic linguistics.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 24

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Assessing the English language proficiency of non-native English speaking defendants, plaintiffs and witnesses;
Determining trade name/trade mark infringement;
Identifying the author of various documents;
Resolving grammatical and lexical ambiguity in legal contracts or wills;
Assessing the readability of government legal documents;
Analyzing discourse regarding accusations of hate crime;
Determining the effectiveness of "Official English" legislation.

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 30%

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 70%

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 2

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2003

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 18

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 13

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: General forensic linguistics consulting,
English language proficiency testing,
Textual analysis,
Discourse analysis,
Trade name/mark infringement analysis.

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: To be determined on a case-by-case basis

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: To be determined on a case-by-case basis

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: To be determined on a case-by-case basis

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: To be determined on a case-by-case basis

References

Glenn Gimbutt
San Luis City Attorney
PO Box 1170
San Luis, AZ 85349
(928)627-2027
GGimbut@cityofsanluis.org

Edwin S. Wall
Edwin S. Wall, P.C.
341 South Main, Ste. 406
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111-2784
(801) 746-0900
wallaw@xmission.com

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