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LADO Guidelines
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In 2018, ILTA endorsed the Language Assessment for the Determination of Origin (LADO) guidelines. You can find more information about the guidelines below.

Purpose of the Guidelines

The Guidelines were intended as a starting point in a new, urgent and rapidly-developing field of linguistic practice.

The document is addressed primarily to people outside the linguistic profession, giving an idea of what the endorsers think the minimum requirements and safeguards for competent professional language analysis ought to be. This is perhaps its most important function: to serve as a touchstone and reference point for governments seeking to know how to conduct their investigations in a professional manner; for asylum applicants who have been turned down, in part because of what they believe to be incorrect assessments based in part on language; and for advocates who need information about the connections between language and national origins.

The document provides the necessary context for linguists, and recommends a set of principles that most qualified linguists will find uncontroversial, even obvious. It does however touch on a number of bases that might not immediately occur to linguist colleagues contacted about this matter for the first time.

A number of broad guidelines first address the general limitations of, and requirements for, linguistic expertise; while several specifically address problems known to frequently arise in LADO contexts.

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You can download the guidelines here:
LADO Guidelines (pdf)  or   https:/
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