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Research Interests

My research focuses on linguistic expressions of identity in online criminal contexts using pragmatic tools like rhetorical move analysis and speech act theory. Previously I have explored linguistic identity in online child sexual abuse interactions, and how linguistic analysis and understanding can inform undercover police practice in this area. My current research interests include online radicalisation and illegal arms trading on the dark web. 

Education/Academic qualification


1 Oct 201530 Sep 2018

Award Date: 1 Apr 2019


1 Sep 201430 Sep 2015

Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

BA, Oxford Brookes University

18 Sep 20065 Jun 2009

Award Date: 30 Jul 2009

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Research Output

  • 4 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Attributing the Bixby Letter using n-gram tracing

Grieve, J., Clarke, I., Chiang, E., Giddeon, H., Heini, A., Nini, A. & Waibel, E., 1 Sep 2019, In : Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 34, 3, p. 493–512 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Deceptive identity performance: Offender moves and multiple identities in online child abuse conversations

    Chiang, E. & Grant, T. D., 1 Aug 2019, In : Applied Linguistics. 40, 4, p. 675–698 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access
  • Book review: Language and Law: A resource book for students by Durant, A. & Leung, H. C. (eds.).

    Chiang, E., 2017, In : Language and Law/Linguagem e Direito. 4, 1, p. 180-182

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Open Access

    Online grooming: moves and strategies

    Carmody, E. & Grant, T. D., 31 Dec 2017, In : Language and Law / Linguagem e Direito. 4, 1, p. 103-141 39 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Rhetorical moves and identity performance in online child sexual abuse interactions

    Author: Chiang, E., Apr 2019

    Supervisor: Grant, T. D. (Supervisor) & Marley, C. N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy