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 in this area include publication in the Journal of Law and Policy and the Journal of Speech Language and the Law.
In addition to this interest in authorship analysis I also am interested in the linguistics of the police interview and how linguists can advise and train police officers to be better interviewers. Recent publications in this area include publication in the Journal of Speech Language and the Law and the Journal of Policing.
My consultancy has largely involved the analysis of abusive and threatening communications in many different contexts including investigations into sexual assault, stalking, murder and terrorism. I’ve extensive experience of providing expert investigative assistance, including a media appeal through the BBC Crimewatch program, and in providing evidence for both prosecution and defence. For more information see the Centre for Forensic Linguistics website.
I have significant experience of working with press, TV and radio and my work has appeared in newspaper 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. I also curate the Language Society and Law blog.