Dr Kate Haworth

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Dr Kate Haworth

I joined the Centre for Forensic Linguistics at Aston in 2009. I originally qualified as a barrister, and practised civil and criminal law in Liverpool before moving to the Parliamentary Counsel Office, Whitehall, where I worked as part of a small team of specialist lawyers responsible for drafting primary legislation. Combining long-standing interests in both language and law, I completed an MA in Applied Linguistics and subsequently a PhD on police interviewing at the University of Nottingham. My research interests include all aspects of language and communication in legal contexts, especially spoken interaction and the use of language data as evidence.

  • PhD in Applied/Forensic Linguistics (University of Nottingham): ‘An analysis of police interview discourse and its role(s) in the judicial process’. ESRC funded.
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Nottingham)
  • Diploma in Law (CPE) (The College of Law)
  • MSt. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature (Magdalen College, Oxford)
  • BA Hons Classical Studies (University of Liverpool)

I was called to the Bar in 1999 (Middle Temple)


  • LE2056 The Language of the Law


  • LEM012 Linguistics in Legal Contexts
  • LEM029 Introduction to Forensic Linguistics
  • LEM031 Spoken Language in the Legal System
  • LEM040 Analysing Spoken and Written  Discourse

I also supervise dissertations at undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level.

I am a regular tutor on the International Summer School in Forensic Linguistic Analysis

  • Investigative interviewing

  • Language and law / forensic linguistics

  • Institutional discourse

  • (Critical) discourse analysis

  • Spoken and written discourse

  • Audience design

  • Language and identity

  • Cross-disciplinarity

Selected Publications

Selected Conference Papers

  • ‘Tapes, transcripts and trials: what happens to police interview data and why this matters’. International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG) Annual Conference, Toronto, May 2012.
  • ‘Identity, audience design and trans-contextuality in police interviews’. Sociolinguistics Symposium 18, Southampton University, Sept 2010. 
  • ‘Investigative interviews as self-fulfilling prophecies?  A discourse analysis of interviewer influence over accounts produced by interviewees’. International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG) Annual Conference, Norwegian Police University College, Stavern, June 2010.
  • ‘The case for Forensic Linguistics’, invited lecture, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik,  Paderborn University, Germany
  • ‘A case of mistaken identity? The discursive construction of identity in the English police interview’. Dialogic Language Use 2: Constructing Identity in Interpersonal Communication, University of Helsinki, August 2009.
  • ‘The discursive construction of evidence in the police interview: case study of a rape suspect’. IAFL 9th Biennial International Conference on Forensic Linguistics / Language and Law, VU University Amsterdam, July 2009.
  • ‘The evidential role of police-suspect interviews: linguistic theory and current practice’. International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG) Annual Conference, University of Teesside, April 2009.
  • ‘Police Interviews in England: Contaminated Evidence?’ IAFL 8th Biennial International Conference on Forensic Linguistics / Language and Law, University of Washington, Seattle, July 2007.
  • ‘Evidence Transformed: UK Police Interviews’ – part of international panel session on ‘Language and the Criminal Law’. Joint Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on Sociology of Law, Berlin, July 2007.
    • International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG)

    • International Association of Forensic Linguists (IAFL)

    • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

    • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

    • 2009 – : Lecturer, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University
    • 2001- 2003: Assistant Parliamentary Counsel, Parliamentary Counsel Office, Whitehall
    • 1999 – 2001: Barrister, Oriel Chambers, Liverpool
    Room: MB738a 
    Phone: 0121 204 3861
    Email: k.haworth@aston.ac.uk