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Contact Details

Room: MB738A
Phone: 0121 204 3824
Fax:  0121 204 3766

Research Interests

I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Forensic Linguistics. I have a variety of research outputs in the field and ample casework experience, both as an expert witness and in policing contexts.

My main research focus is on individual variation in language use with reference to forensic authorship analysis. I am interested in the theoretical underpinnings of the notion of idiolect but I also work on more practical problems around linguistically enabled offender identification.

I also have an interest in interactionally and institutionally engendered communication barriers in the justice system, and in how they can be removed. In particular, I research aspects of interpreting in police interviews and the courtroom.


  • MA in English Studies (Lodz)
  • PhD in English Linguistics (Lodz)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Administrative Roles

Director, Centre for Forensic Text Analysis

Teaching Activity

Language as Evidence (Postgraduate)

Linguistics in Legal Contexts (Postgraduate)



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