Definition of linguistic profiling in US English:

linguistic profiling


  • The analysis of a person's speech or writing, especially to assist in identifying or characterizing an individual or particular subgroup.

    ‘linguistic profiling revealed that the bomber was probably an uneducated Southerner’
    • ‘His recent work includes research involving linguistic profiling and prejudice, which he will be speaking on during the conference.’
    • ‘‘The linguistic profiling that is taking place does have direct educational consequences for the child,’ he adds - consequences that can affect their ability to later compete in the job market.’
    • ‘Studies of linguistic profiling began as the auditory equivalent of racial profiling.’
    • ‘Many of the civil cases dealing with linguistic profiling have settled out of court.’
    • ‘‘One thing I didn't expect when I started this,’ he says, ‘is that linguistic profiling affects the deaf, and it extends to sexual orientation as well.’’