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    Contact Details

    Email: [email protected]

    Twitter: @NixxiJ

    Research Interests

    • Spoken Interaction in Forensic Contexts
    • Language and Identity
    • (Critical) Discourse Analysis
    • Language & Representation
    • Language, Power & Ideology
    • Forensic Text Analysis


    • BA (Hons) English Language, Bangor University
    • MA (Distinction) Forensic Linguistics, Cardiff University
    • PhD Forensic Linguistics, Aston University
    • GDipLaw, University of Law

    Teaching Activity

    I am currently Programme Director for the MA in Forensic Linguistics, where I teach on the following modules:

    LEM106 Language as Evidence

    LEM109 Linguistics in Legal Contexts

    LEM110 Practical Applications of Forensic Linguistics

    LEM134 Forensic Linguistics Dissertation

    PhD Supervision


    Eden Palmer. A corpus-assisted discourse analysis of linguistic transphobia on a British parenting forum, 2010-2023.

    Jenna Elliott. A corpus assisted critical discourse analysis of the manifestos of mass shooters in the U.S.A.

    Julija Danu.  Stability of authorship markers across discourse types and links to personality traits.



    Daniela Schneevogt. Username construction and identity performance in dark web child sexual abuse communications.


    Funding Applications and Awards

    2023: MacLeod (PI), and Love. Disproportionality in case files: Corpus linguistics. Crown Prosecution Service, £55,191.50

    2022: MacLeod. The Discursive Effects of a ‘Pioneering Approach’: Police Interviews with Rape Victims post-Operation Bluestone. BA/Leverhulme Small Grants Scheme, £9,572.

    2021: Oxburgh (PI), Walsh, Russel, Farrugia, and MacLeod. Supporting the interviewing and legal representation of crime victims and suspects using digital communication methods: Is it ‘remotely’ possible? ESRC under the UKRI Call: Ideas to Address COVID-19, £323,453.10 

    2012: Haworth & MacLeod. Applying Linguistics to Police Interviewing. BAAL Applying Linguistics Fund, £4,400



    I am available for consultancy and expert advice in the areas of authorship analysis, determining meaning, and forensic discourse analysis. I have provided expert reports to a number of UK Police forces, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, The Independent Police Complaints Commission, defence teams and private individuals in over 60 criminal and civil cases. I have appeared as an expert witness in the Crown Court of England & Wales, and both the Sherriff's Court and High Court of Justiciary in Scotland. I am listed on the National Crime Agency's Expert Advisors Database. 

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Higher Education Academy (Fellow) (FHEA)

    British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

    International Association for Forensic and Legal Linguistics (IAFLL) 

    International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

    External positions

    Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Northumbria Newcastle

    1 Sept 201811 Feb 2022


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