Monday 19th September: BAAL/ Routledge Research Development Workshop 2016

Language and identity in law and evidence

This workshop explores the various ways in which language and identity are intertwined in legal and evidential contexts, ranging from the use of forensic linguistic techniques in the identification of individuals who are suspected of having committed a crime, to the identities people assume in illegal online communications, and the way in which individuals and groups are represented in the legal system. The event will offer a forum for a focused discussion of how language use and linguistic analysis can assist law enforcement and legal proceedings, and will introduce attendees to cutting-edge methods, tools and techniques in forensic linguistics through talks, demonstrations and hands-on workshops led by experts. A full programme of sessions is below.

Thanks to BAAL/Routledge funding, this event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided. Places are limited to 30, and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. There are six bursaries available to undergraduate and postgraduate students to cover travel expenses to the event. If you would like to attend, please email by Wednesday 20th July to reserve your place. To apply for a student bursary, please indicate your intention to do so in the same email.


Claire Hardaker,        Lancaster University:   Surviving (and analysing) the mean tweets of the internet: An introduction to FireAnt.

Alison Johnson, University of Leeds & David Woolls, CFL Ltd: Identity and Identification: Why n-grams work in authorship attribution.

Nicci MacLeod, Aston University: Assuming identities online: Applying sociolinguistics to undercover online policing.

Amanda Potts, Cardiff University: Women who kill: Methods to explore the doubly deviant identity in English sentencing remarks.

Dominic Watt, University of York: By his speech shall ye know him: Developments in the use of forensic voice comparison evidence by the UK courts.
Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, UK.
Monday 19th September 2016

Organisers: Dr David Wright and Dr Natalie Braber


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