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Qualifications

  • BA Philosophy 
  • MSc Cognitive Science 
  • PhD Linguistics - Authorship attribution in a forensic context

Research Interests

My main research interests are within the area of forensic linguistics. I have particular interest and expertise in forensic authorship analysis focusing on short form messages such as SMS text messages, Twitter posts and Internet Relay Chat.  Recent publications have focussed on online sexual abuse conversations.

I have also published broadly across forensic linguistics including work the linguistics of the police interview, the analysis of threatening communication and the pragmatics of non-verbal consent in rape cases.

I am one of the world’s most experienced forensic linguistic practitioners and my case work has involved the analysis of abusive and threatening communications in many different contexts including investigations into sexual assault, stalking, murder and terrorism. In 2019 I was award an NCA Commendation for my part in the investigation that led to the arrest and successful prosecution of Matthew Falder.  I have provided evidence for both prosecution and defence in criminal cases, in commercialarbitration disputes and in civil cases involving discipline and dismissal of staff and copyright infringement and plagiarism. I have assisted in designing and presenting police media appeals such as for the BBC Crimewatch programme.

I have significant experience of working with press, TV and radio and my work has appeared in newspaper and magazine feature articles, on the BBC 1 OneShow and on the BBC Radio 4 Programme Word of Mouth.  I regularly speak to wider adult and schools audiences at events such as Café Scientifique and the British Festival of Science. 

PhD Supervision

I have supervised a large number of PhDs to completion over a wide variety of topics including forensic authorship analysis, online sexual crime and the analysis of malicious communications.

I am always interested in hearing from prospective PhD students with interesting research plans in forensic linguistics.

Teaching Activity

My teaching responsibilities vary from year to year but recently I have taught on the following modules:

Undergraduate  
Psychology of language and communication

Postgraduate 
Language as evidence
Linguistics in legal contexts
Practical Applications in Forensic Linguistics 

Administrative Roles

Director of the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics

Director of Research Impact for the School of Langauges and Social Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2020

Language and Online Identities The Undercover Policing of Internet Sexual Crime.

Grant, T. D. & MacLeod, N., Mar 2020, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 218 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

offense
linguistics
Internet
language
sociolinguistics

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
File
Linguistics
offender
conversation
abuse
performance

Pledging to harm: A linguistic appraisal analysis of judgment comparing realized and non-realized violent fantasies

Hurt, M. & Grant, T. D., 1 Mar 2019, In : Discourse and Society. 30, 2, p. 154-171 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Linguistics
threat
linguistics
subsystem
lack

The challenges of identifying and classifying child sexual abuse material

Kloess, J., Woodhams, J., Whittle, H., Grant, T. D. & Hamilton-Giachritsis, C., 1 Mar 2019, In : Sexual Abuse. 31, 2, p. 173-196 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Sexual Child Abuse
Law Enforcement
Sex Offenses
Police
Focus Groups
Open Access
File
extortion
chat
persuasion
grant
justice

Thesis

Authorship profiling in a forensic context

Author: Nini, A., 26 Feb 2015

Supervisor: Grieve, J. W. (Supervisor), Grant, T. D. (Supervisor) & Coulthard, R. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Cues to deception in a textual narrative context: lying in written witness statements

Author: Picornell, I., 2013

Supervisor: Coulthard, R. M. (Supervisor) & Grant, T. D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Detecting plagiarism in the forensic linguistics turn

Author: Sousa Silva, R., 12 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Grant, T. D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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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

File

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

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Activities 2001 2014

  • 21 Invited talk
  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 2 Publication peer-review

From duppying yoots to sexual slang. Evidence of meaning in Court

Tim Grant (Speaker)
16 May 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Forensic Linguistics: forensic science?

Tim Grant (Speaker)
11 Apr 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Forensic linguistics in analysis and synthesis

Tim Grant (Speaker)
1 Feb 2013

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Using forensic linguistics in police investigations

Tim Grant (Speaker)
3 Jul 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Language in the real world. Forensic linguistics from theory to opinion

Tim Grant (Speaker)
12 May 2012

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk