The UST English Department held its 8th installment of monthly webinars on Forensic Linguistics on March 17, 2021. The lecture was titled “Absent or Present? Revisiting the Philippine Consumer Product Warnings’ Dangerous Consequences.” The guest lecturer was Dr. Shelanie Dacumos of the University of Rizal System-Binangonan and alumna of the UST Graduate School.
Dacumos explained the role of forensic linguistics in promoting and protecting consumer rights through the three legal theories of liability: product manufacturing defects, product design, and product warnings. She also provided an overview of how forensic linguistics contributes to the adequacy, comprehensibility, readability, and usability of Philippine product warnings. Dacumos ended the lecture by recommending a uniform format and style consistent with product design and layout that consumers can easily understand and locate.
UST Department of English Chair Dr. Rachelle Lintao, moderated the event.