Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics

  • United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics is the first of its type in the world. It combines leading-edge research and investigative forensic practice with postgraduate teaching and professional courses.

Research at the Institute involves all aspects of forensic linguistics from how the police and the courts can best work with interpreters to the development and refinement of methods for identifying the writer of disputed forensic texts. Members have published widely and lectured about their research in some 30 countries. Their high-quality research ensures that both postgraduate and professional courses and their investigative work have a solid academic foundation.

FLAIR - Forensic Linguistics Advice, Investigation & Research is the consultancy arm of the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics. Bringing together experienced practitioners with experience of hundreds of cases, FLAIR offers high-quality expertise, from analysis and report writing, to the delivery of expert opinions in court. Recent casework has included analyses of mobile telephone text messages, forged suicide notes and terrorist conspiracy documents. FLAIR applies quality assurance procedures that are unavailable to lone practitioners and offers a clearing house service to investigators and potential clients looking for an expert.

The Institute offers high quality training in all aspects of forensic linguistics to a variety of professional groups including police officers, lawyers and judges. The International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis is a week-long introduction to forensic linguistics for professionals and academics and the Institute also offers tightly focussed one-day courses in Interviewing with an Interpreter, Linguistic Issues in the Courtroom, and Forensic Textual Analysis.

The MSc in Forensic Linguistics is as a distance-learning, credit-accumulation, programme, which draws on Aston University's substantial expertise developed over 25 years in delivery of distance courses. Students based anywhere in the world can study and accumulate credits from individual modules and/or short courses to gain the postgraduate qualification that suits them. Short courses such as the above-mentioned International Summer School can be taken as credit-bearing modules and so contribute towards a Postgraduate qualification.

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    Research Output

    The Starbuck Case: Methods for addressing confirmation bias in forensic authorship analysis.

    Grant, T. & Grieve, J., 4 Feb 2021, (Accepted/In press) Methodologies and Challenges in Forensic Linguistic Casework. Perkins, R., Picornell, I. & Coulthard, M. (eds.). Wiley

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Learning to manage rapport in GP trainee encounters: A discursive politeness approach

    Emerson, T., Harrington, L., Mullany, L., Atkins, S., Churchill, D., Winter, R. & Patel, R., 15 Aug 2020, Politeness in Professional Contexts. Archer, D., Grainger, K. & Jagodziński, P. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 25-54 30 p. (Politeness in Professional Contexts).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Pragmatics: Leadership and team communication in emergency medicine training.

    Atkins, S. & Chalupnik, M., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In Brookes, G. and Hunt, D., eds., Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches. Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Student theses

    Bilingual practices in Ghanaian primary schools: implications for curriculum design and educational practice

    Author: Yevudey, E., 13 May 2017

    Supervisor: Reershemius, G. K. (Supervisor) & Grieve, J. W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Linguistic identifiers of L1 Persian speakers writing in English: NLID for authorship analysis

    Author: Perkins, R., 9 Jan 2014

    Supervisor: Grant, T. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Police interviews with women reporting rape: a critical discourse analysis

    Author: MacLeod, N. J., May 2010

    Supervisor: Marley, C. N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



    Lifetime Achievement Award, Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics

    Haworth, Kate (Recipient), Sep 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Poster Prize, Royal College of General Practitioners, 2018 Annual Conference

    Atkins, Sarah (Recipient), Oct 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Knowledge Exchange and Impact Award

    Atkins, Sarah (Recipient), May 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Applying linguistics in practice: Language and communication training for police interviewers

    Kate Haworth (Invited speaker)

    30 Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists

    Krzysztof Kredens (Participant)

    1 Jul 20195 Jul 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    1641 Rebellion massacre reports based on hearsay, study shows

    Nicci MacLeod


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research