The Aston Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD)

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The Aston Forensic Linguistic Databank (FoLD) is a permanent, controlled access online repository for forensic linguistic data. We broadly understand forensic linguistics as any academic research with a potential to improve the delivery of justice through the analysis of language. FoLD thus comprises a wide range of datasets with relevance to forensic linguistics and language and law, including commercial extortion letters, investigative interviews in police and other contexts, legal documents, forum posts from far-right online groups, and comment threads from political blogs. This paper outlines how FoLD works and its potential impact on the general discipline of forensic linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-24
JournalLanguage and Law/Linguagem e Direito
Issue number1
Early online date22 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2022

Bibliographical note

Copyright (c) 2022 Marton Petyko, et al. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License [].

Note 1: The FoLD online interface and server is managed by Aston University’s student-led software enterprise Beautiful Canoe (

Note 2: The Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics (AIFL) was founded in 2019. It is a substantial expansion of the former Aston Centre for Forensic Linguistics that was founded in 2008. This expansion was funded via a £6M investment including a £5.4M award from Research England’s Expanding Excellence in England(E3) fund.


  • Databank
  • Repository
  • Resource
  • Data sharing
  • Data access


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